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1 dead after officer-involved shooting in Bemidji

BEMIDJI -- One person is dead after an officer-involved shooting Wednesday night in Bemidji. According to a release from Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin, the shooting occurred just before 11 p.m. after a traffic stop by a Bemidji Police Officer ...

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The intersection of Ridgeway Avenue and 30th Street Northwest in Bemidji, the site of an officer-involved shooting on Wednesday night. (Jordan Shearer | Bemidji Pioneer)

BEMIDJI -- One person is dead after an officer-involved shooting Wednesday night in Bemidji.

According to a release from Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin, the shooting occurred just before 11 p.m. after a traffic stop by a Bemidji Police Officer at the intersection of 30th Street NW and Ridgeway Avenue.

During the stop, the officer confirmed a rear seat passenger was wanted on a felony warrant. A Beltrami County Sheriff's Deputy arrived soon after. When the suspect was asked to exit the vehicle, both the officer and deputy saw that the person had a handgun, Mastin said. The officer and the suspect then struggled over the handgun, and the officer and deputy both fired their service weapons, striking the suspect.

Emergency personnel were called and the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension arrived on scene and will conduct the investigation into the shooting, the release said. A handgun was recovered at the scene.

The Bemidji Police Officer was wearing a body camera, but the release did not say if it was recording at the time. The deputy and the officer have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard in police shooting cases.

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The names of the suspect and the officer and deputy have not yet been released.  

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