Two people are confirmed dead and a major metro highway is shut down after a police chase led to gunfire inEden Prairie shortly before 8 a.m. Friday.
Minnesota State Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske confirms that two were shot after the pursuit ended near Highway 212 and Dell Road in Eden Prairie.
At a news conference Friday afternoon Roeske told reporters that the people shot were a man and a woman, and that two Chaska Police officers, one Carver County deputy and one State Trooper fired their weapons in the shooting: All are on administrative leave, as is standard procedure.
KARE 11 reports MnDOT traffic cameras showed State Patrol troopers and squads from Chaska,Eden Prairie and the Carver County Sheriff’s Department pursuing a vehicle eastbound on Highway 212 out of Carver County and into Eden Prairie. The suspect’s hood had popped up and was blocking the windshield but the driver still managed to evade squads that were trying to block the road.
Eventually one officer pulled a “pit maneuver”, by using his or her squad to spin out the suspect vehicle and send it careening into a wall. Cameras looked on as the suspect exited the vehicle and began fighting with at least one officer. It was at that point that gunshots were allegedly fired. Roeske would not give details as to what the suspect did to trigger the shooting or what the relationship was between the two suspects.
The pursuit began around 7:30 a.m. in Chaska when police responded to reports of a vehicle speeding and driving erratically. They subsequently learned that the vehicle had been involved in a rear-end crash near the junction of Highways 212 and 43.
MnDOT says the eastbound lanes of Highway 212 will be shut down through the afternoon rush hour and into the early evening.