ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A man wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying a rifle was killed by police Monday afternoon.
St. Paul police were called to the 400 block of White Bear Avenue N. just before 3:30 p.m. on a report of a man with a rifle. When officers arrived, they saw the man in the alley behind the house in which he lived.
A S.W.A.T. team and negotiators were called to the scene, and contact was made with the suspect. The neighborhood was put on lockdown.
Witnesses tell us the man was waving the rifle and screaming obscenities after having a fight with his girlfriend. Police tell us the girlfriend left the scene before they arrived.
Originally, it was believed that shots were exchanged between the man and
Despite that, witnesses tell us officers gave the man plenty of warning.
"They shot him three times with the bean-bag gun and he stumbles, falls in his house, and that's when we hear gunshots from inside," says a young man who did not want to be identified.
Police later confirmed they did try non-lethal methods first.
The suspect, who has not yet been identified, was killed. No officers were injured.
Four officers are on paid administrative leave during the investigation, which is a department policy.