Man with Ax Dies from Gunshot Wounds After Allegedly Charging Police

Rochester PD police car.
Rochester Police Department / Twitter

A man armed with an ax died from gunshot wounds early Saturday morning after allegedly charging police in Rochester, MN.

KAAL-TV reported that police began searching for the man Friday night following a 10:59 p.m. robbery call.

The call centered on a business claiming it had been robbed by a white man with an ax. The man allegedly fled the scene in a van.

Police located the van at 12:44 a.m. Saturday. The suspect allegedly exited the vehicle, ax in hand, and charged an officer, who shot the suspect.

Rochester police posted about the incident on Facebook: “Efforts to save the suspect were unsuccessful. He later died from his injuries. The officer involved in the shooting has been with Rochester Police Department just over a year and was an officer at another agency previously.”

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the officer-involved shooting.

No information about the age or identity of the deceased has been released.

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