ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating an officer involved shooting incident that happened earlier today in Virginia, Minnesota. The BCA is investigating the incident at the request of the Virginia Police Department.
Virginia police officers and St. Louis County sheriff’s deputies responded to a suspicious activity call in the 300 block of 2nd Street South in Virginia. 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 was taken by ambulance to Essentia Health-Virginia Hospital where they were pronounced deceased. The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office will identify the subject once a preliminary autopsy and family notifications have taken place.
BCA crime scene personnel have recovered a knife at the scene where the shooting occurred.
The officer who discharged their weapon has been placed on standard administrative leave. No one else was injured during the incident.
Officers were not wearing body cameras. BCA investigators will determine whether squad cameras captured the incident.
The BCA’s investigation is in its very early stages. More information will be available once the first round of interviews with incident participants and any witnesses is complete.
When the investigation is complete, the BCA will turn its findings over without recommendation to the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office for review.