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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2016
BCA Investigating Officer Involved Shooting in Austin

​UPDATE: April 25, 2016

The officer and the subject in an April 20 officer involved shooting incident in Austin have been identified.

Austin Police Department Officer Adam Scott has been with the Austin Police Department for six months.

Edgar Fernando Rodriguez, 25, of Austin, has been released from St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester and is currently in the Mower County Jail.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s (BCA) investigation into the incident is ongoing. Once the investigation is complete, the BCA will forward its findings to the Olmsted County Attorney's Office for review.

 

ORIGINAL RELEASE: April 21, 2016

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating an officer involved shooting incident which took place on Wednesday night in Austin, Minn.

Two Austin Police Department officers and a Mower County sheriff’s deputy responded to a 911 call around 8:10 p.m. on Wednesday about an erratic driving incident. Officers spotted the vehicle driving on the 1900 block of Oakland Avenue East. The subject fled in the vehicle when they spotted law enforcement and a pursuit began.

According to the preliminary investigation, two police officers and one sheriff’s deputy pursued the male subject’s vehicle through Austin at speeds reaching in excess of 70 miles per hour. The subject’s vehicle stopped about three minutes into the pursuit at 5th Avenue NE and 19th Street NE. When the three squads stopped behind it, the subject put his vehicle into reverse, ramming one of the Austin police officers’ vehicles. That officer fired at the subject, striking him. The subject again attempted to flee but was stopped near the intersection of 4th Avenue NE and 19th Street NE when the sheriff’s deputy used a PIT maneuver.

The subject was taken by ambulance to the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Austin and then to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester where he is being treated for a non-life threatening injury. No officers were injured during the incident. The Austin Police Department officer who fired their weapon is on standard administrative leave.

BCA crime scene personnel are collecting evidence at the scene. Investigators are conducting interviews with those involved and with witnesses to the incident, and are reviewing evidence including squad car videos.

Additional information about the officers and the subject will be released once the initial round of interviews is complete.

The BCA is conducting the investigation at the request of the Austin Police Department. When the investigation is complete, the BCA will turn its findings over to the Olmsted County Attorney’s Office for review.

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