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Rochester police fatally shoot ax-wielding robbery suspect

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A Rochester police officer fatally shot a robbery suspect who was armed with an ax.

Police say the man stole cash from a Rochester business at about 11 p.m. on Friday and fled in a van. Officers located the van about two hours later, at which time the suspect got out of the vehicle and charged at an officer who fired his weapon. Attempts to revive the man failed and he later died from his injuries.

Police say the officer involved in the shooting has been with the department for more than a year but has previous law enforcement experience. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the shooting.


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