Rochester police officer shoots ax-wielding man

Published: Jul. 30, 2022 at 8:27 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 30, 2022 at 12:02 PM CDT
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UPDATE: The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is the lead agency conducting this investigation.

The Rochester Police Department (RPD) said the business that the suspect robbed just after midnight Saturday morning was the Dominos Pizza located at 2025 South Broadway Avenue.

The amount of money taken from the cash register is unknown at this time.

RPD said the white work van the male suspect fled the scene in had out-of-state license plates.

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Rochester police say a man wanted for a late-night robbery has died after being shot by an officer during a traffic stop early Saturday morning.

According to information released by the department, officers responded to a robbery happening at a business on Broadway Avenue South just before 11:00 p.m. Investigators said a man entered the business with an ax, took cash and drove off in a van. That van was spotted on Highway 63 nearly two hours later.

In a statement released Saturday morning, Rochester police said the man got out of the van holding an ax and charged at the officer. The officer then shot the man, according to police.

The man was taken to a nearby hospital for his injuries, but later died, according to police. More details, including the names of those involved, are expected to be released on Monday, according to the spokesperson for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

RPD said the officer who shot the man has been with the department for “just over a year” and was an officer at another agency before joining the department. A spokesperson for the BCA said Saturday the RPD officer is on administrative leave per policy until the case is investigated. Rochester police will be responsible for investigating the robbery. BCA is in charge of investigating the shooting.

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