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BCA investigates after Mankato police pursuit, stabbing

A Mankato officer and the suspect were injured when the cop used his squad car to hit the fleeing vehicle. Police then found a woman stabbed in the suspect's car.
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MANKATO, Minn. — The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating after a police pursuit in Mankato led to a crash and the discovery of a woman who had been stabbed. 

Squads were dispatched around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday after reports of an erratic driver. Officers initially began pursuing the vehicle but soon called it off. Additional reports regarding the erratic driver led police to resume the pursuit. 

A news release from the BCA says the driver eventually turned down a dead-end road and an officer made the decision to use his squad car to stop the fleeing vehicle. The subsequent crash ended with minor injuries to the officer and the suspect, who was taken into custody. 

Additional officers responded to the suspect's vehicle and found a woman inside who had been stabbed multiple times. She was rushed to the hospital and is listed in critical condition. 

The BCA says a knife was found on the scene. Both the officer's body and squad car cameras captured portions of the incident, and the video will be used in the ongoing investigation.

The officer involved was identified by the BCA Friday as Courtney Walker, a member of the Mankato Police Department who has 12 years of law enforcement experience.

The BCA said the Blue Earth County Attorney's Office will review the bureau's findings at the conclusion of its investigation before making a charging decision. KARE 11 does not name individuals accused of crimes before they're officially charged.


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