Officer shoots at stolen vehicle after it flees, drives at St. Paul cop

Someone in a stolen vehicle drove at a St. Paul police officer and another officer fired at the vehicle, police said Tuesday.

The driver fled, but preliminary information indicated no one in the vehicle was injured, said Steve Linders, a St. Paul police spokesman.

The officer suffered minor injuries.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating after a vehicle drove at a St. Paul police officer and another officer fired at the vehicle on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. (Courtesy of St. Paul Police Department)

On Tuesday, just after 2 a.m., two officers stopped to investigate a vehicle in an alley north of the Capitol and Regions Hospital.

The driver of the vehicle, which was stolen, drove at one of the officers while attempting to flee at Winter Street and Capitol Boulevard, Linders said.

The other officer fired at the vehicle, which got away. A short time later, other officers found the stolen vehicle — with no one inside — about five miles away in the 700 block of North Prior Avenue.

Police are searching for the driver.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the officer-involved gunfire and both officers will be placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard in such cases. They were wearing body cameras at the time of the incident, Linders said.


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