HASTINGS, Minn. - The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) confirms that a man is dead after being shot by a Hastings Police Officer Monday afternoon.
Squads were dispatched to a group home in the city shortly before 4 p.m. on reports of a stabbing incident between two residents. By the time officers arrived the suspect had fled the vicinity.
Officers were dispatched again shortly before 6 p.m. after someone called dispatchers and said the stabbing suspect was near 15th Street West and Highway 61. Two responding officers saw the suspect walking on the 1500 block of Walnut Street.
The BCA is not detailing what happened during the encounter but at some point one of the officers discharged their weapon, striking and killing the stabbing suspect. Officers were wearing body cameras, and that video was immediately turned over to the BCA, which is conducting the follow-up investigation at the request of Hastings Police.
Hennepin County Medical Examiners are performing an autopsy. No one else was injured during the encounter.
Information on the incident was difficult to come by until Tuesday's BCA release. A source told KARE 11 News that neighbors reported hearing three shots, a man was laying dead in the street outside Resurrection United Methodist Church and that officers were involved
Dakota County Sheriff's Officials were equally vague, saying only that they are assisting with an "event." The BCA Crime Lab was called to the scene, standard procedure in the case of officer-involved shootings.