Posted at: 06/11/2013 5:19 AM
Updated at: 06/12/2013 5:11 PM
By: Scott Doane & Alan Hoglund
Authorities are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting that happened early Tuesday morning following a one-vehicle accident.
They said the man killed was a 26-year-old resident of Duluth.
According to police, just before 2 o'clock they were called to an accident in the area of Orange Street and Arlington Avenue where the driver had fled.
Police said an investigation into the accident led them to the 300 block of East Locust Street - less than a mile away - where they encountered a male outside with a handgun around 2:30 a.m.
Police said an officer radioed for assistance and shouted at the man in attempts to get him to comply. When a second officer responded they repeated verbal commands. The encounter lasted for about three minutes, according to police.
When the officers tried to take the man into custody he reached for the area where the gun was located, according to police. They said "both officers fired their duty weapons" and the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
In a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Eyewitness News asked whether the officers had the opportunity to use non-lethal force to get the man to comply, but police said they were unable to respond due to an ongoing investigation being done by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).
Also citing the investigation, police could not say what kind of handgun the man had or how close officers were to the man when they fired the shots.
Police said they will release the name of the man after he is positively identified and his entire family is notified.
One of the officers, according to police, is a 7-year veteran of the department. The other is a 4-year veteran. Neither officer was injured physically and both have been placed on paid administrative leave which is standard procedure.