- Associated Press - Saturday, May 9, 2015

ST PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Lino Lakes police officer shot and killed a driver after a traffic stop, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said Saturday.

The officer stopped a vehicle speeding on westbound I-694 as part of an effort to catch drunk drivers, according to a department news release Saturday. The officer tried to arrest the driver for outstanding warrants and on suspicion of intoxicated driving at about 10:50 p.m. Friday in Fridley, when the two struggled, according to the agency’s news release. At some point the officer attempted to use his Taser as well, the agency said.

The driver then got back into the car and drove off, dragging the officer, according to the agency.

The officer then shot the driver, but the vehicle continued on. The officer fell onto the interstate and the vehicle ended up going through a fence and stopping in a grocery store parking lot.

The officer was taken by ambulance to a St. Paul hospital where he was treated and released for injuries related to being dragged. The driver died at the scene.

Agency spokeswoman Jill Oliveira wasn’t able to immediately provide any details Saturday about the victim, the officer or how the officer was dragged.

The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Anoka is conducting an autopsy to determine the suspect’s identity and cause and manner of death.

The department’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating. It is being assisted by the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota State Patrol and the Fridley and Lino Lakes police departments. When the investigation is done, the agency will turn its findings over to the Anoka County Attorney’s Office for review.


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