Man dies in officer-involved shooting on I-94 near Osakis
A man is dead after a shooting incident with authorities on Interstate 94 about a mile east of the Osakis exit early Sunday morning.
The officer-involved shooting happened after a chase and an hour and a half standoff with authorities.
The incident began at about 4:30 a.m., according to Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen. Authorities were called to attempt to locate a suspect who was reportedly armed and impaired.
Douglas County Sheriff Deputies responded to the Burgen Rest Area on I-94, along with members of the Douglas County Tactical Response Team.
The suspect reportedly left the rest area and a pursuit ensued through the city of Alexandria and then back to Interstate 94.
At 5:19 a.m., authorities deployed stop sticks and the tires of the pickup truck the suspect was driving were flattened just east of the Osakis exit near mile marker 115, forcing the truck to a stop.
Negotiations between the suspect and members of the Tactical Response Team took place on I-94 for about an hour and a half.
At about 6:55 a.m., gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and two members of the Tactical Response Team, who are officers of the Alexandria Police Department, according to Wolbersen.
The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. No officers were injured.
On one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, Interstate 94 between the Osakis and West Union exits - approximately five miles - was shutdown from about 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is conducting an investigation of the incident.
The name of the suspect, along with the names of the two police officers, are expected to be released on Tuesday.
A press conference was held Sunday afternoon at the Alexandria City Hall with Lieutenant Mark Peterson from the Minnesota State Patrol, Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen and Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels.