BCA Investigating Fatal Virginia Officer-Involved Shooting

Updated: November 27, 2018 11:41 PM

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting that occured in Virginia around 5 p.m. Tuesday. The BCA says the shooting happened on the 300 Block of 2nd Street South. 

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The BCA says the person was taken to the Essentia Health-Virginia Hospital where they were pronounced deceased. The gender of the person was not released. Virginia Mayor Larry Cuffe in a call with WDIO News called the incident a "critical incident." 

The BCA in its preliminary report Tuesday evening said Virginia Police Officers and St. Louis County Sheriff's Deputies initially responded to a suspicious activity call. Officers encountered the subject in the street. At one point one officer discharged their weapon, striking the subject. Officers provided medical aid at the scene. The subject later died in the hospital. 

According to the BCA, crime scene personnel recovered a knife at the scene where the shooting occurred. Officers were not wearing body cameras. BCA investigators will now determine whether squad cameras captured the incident.

The officer who discharged their weapon has been placed on standard administrative leave. No one else was injured during the incident.

The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office will identify the subject once a preliminary autopsy and family notifications have taken place. 

When the investigation is complete, the BCA will turn its findings over without recommendation to the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office for review.



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