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Suspect shot after police chase

The chase ended at Fourth and Vermillion streets when Dakota County deputies were able to stop the truck. Star Gazette photo by Chad Richardson

A police chase through Hastings Wednesday evening ended in a shooting.

The suspect, an adult male, was shot several times by law enforcement officers and was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, according to Dakota County Chief Deputy Dave Bellows. As of Wednesday night he was still alive, Bellows said. The suspect's identity has not been released, but Bellows said there was a warrant out for his arrest. A spokesperson from the Department of Corrections said he was on supervised release from prison.

Law enforcement officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle Wednesday night. Bellows said they were told the man driving the vehicle, a tan Chevrolet truck, may be armed and was threatening to kill police officers.

A Dakota County sheriff's deputy spotted the vehicle around Highway 316 and Vermillion Street and attempted to stop it. The vehicle didn't stop, and around Vermillion and 12th streets officers tried a "box maneuver," where squad cars attempt to box in a vehicle. The suspect rammed the law enforcement vehicles with his truck in an attempt to escape. At that time, a Hastings police officer fired shots at the suspect's vehicle, Bellows said.

"He's trying to ram a squad car to get out of it (the box), and that's a deadly force situation," Bellows said.

The suspect's vehicle got out of the box, and he lead police on a chase through Hastings residential areas.

The suspect was eastbound on West Fourth Street approaching Vermillion Street when officers tried another box maneuver. The suspect continued to ram squad cars with the truck in an attempt to escape.

At that time, Dakota County sheriff's deputies and officers from the Minnesota Department of Corrections fired shots at the suspect and struck him several times. He was then taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

The shooting occurred just after 8 p.m.

Bellows said three Dakota County deputies are on standard administrative leave today, normal procedure after a shooting.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was on the scene investigating this morning. Bellows said the case is complicated because there were three law enforcement agencies involved and at least two scenes where shots were fired.

"In 30 years I have never seen a case like this," he said.

Vermillion Street between 15th Street and Highway 55 was closed to traffic following the incident and remained closed until shortly after 7 a.m. today.

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