Man Wounded During Police Shooting in Austin
Austin, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating a police shooting that occurred Wednesday night during a high-speed chase in Austin.
A statement issued by the BCA indicates two Austin police officers and a Mower County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a 911 call shortly after 8 PM about an erratic driver.
The three law enforcement officers pursued the motorist through Austin at speeds reaching 70 miles per hour before the Mercedes-Benz stopped about three minutes into the pursuit with the three law-enforcement vehicles behind. That’s when the driver of the Mercedes put the vehicle into reverse and rammed into one of the Austin police squad cars, prompting the officer to open fire and wound the suspect. The man then attempted to flee, but the deputy involved in the chase successfully performed what's known as a PIT maneuver and the collision brought the pursuit to an end.
The wounded driver was then transported to St. Mary’s hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. None of the officers involved were hurt.
The officer who fired his gun has been placed on paid administrative leave until the BCA completes its investigation. The review of the investigation be conducted by the Olmsted County Attorney’s Office.