(2018-02-02) MINNESOTA: Police: Man killed after high-speed chase in St. James had knife [[tasered, then shot, then died]]

Published on February 2 2018 by admin

[DEATH: Gilberto Salas, 20, on  31 January 2018 in St. James, south-central Minnesota]

Minneapolis Star Tribune

The man shot and killed by police in south-central Minnesota was identified Thursday as 20-year-old Gilberto Salas of Gaylord.

Salas was killed Wednesday afternoon in St. James, after he allegedly stole a vehicle and led police on a high-speed chase, then hid in a store where he was shot.

The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said officers from at least five agencies were involved. In a statement Thursday afternoon the BCA said it expects to release more details Friday.

The BCA said the incident started late Wednesday morning when deputies in Nicollet County spotted a vehicle that had been reported stolen in New Ulm. A chase was called off for safety reasons.

Pursuing officers were heard on dispatches captured by mnpoliceclips.com that Salas was reaching speeds above 100 miles per hour and that someone was in the car with him. An 18-year-old woman was held briefly, according to the Watonwan County jail log.

Early Wednesday afternoon, the vehicle was seen in St. James. Officers followed it until the driver drove into a snowbank and ran into Casey’s General Store, where he hid alone in an office.

Emergency dispatch audio revealed an officer at the scene reporting that “we’ve got a barricaded subject in the Casey’s gas station in St. James. He’s got a knife in his hand.”

A moment later, the same officer was heard saying, “Shots fired, subject’s down. … Send medical for the subject.”

Several officers used a Taser on him, and later an officer shot him. He was pronounced dead at a St. James hospital.

Investigators found a knife at the scene, and one officer suffered a noncritical injury.

No officer wore a body camera, and there is no dashboard camera footage of the encounter. The officer who opened fire is on standard paid leave.




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