According to multiple news agencies, Twin Cities police departments around the area are on the hunt for a man who shot and killed a Mendota Heights Police Officer Wednesday, July 30.
The man, who is described as being in his late teens or early 20s, was stopped by an officer on Dodd Road in West St. Paul Wednesday. During that routine stop, the man pulled a gun and shot the officer in the head and abodomen. The officer, who has not been identified, died later due to those injuries at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation and is asking the public to be on the lookout for the following:
White male with sandy, blonde 0r light brown hair. Last seen wearing shirt and jeans. He was driving a four-door, green Pontiac, possibly a Grand Am or Grand Prix with Minnesota plates that were “resembling” SED 283.
The shooting came less than 24 hours after an armed robbery took place Tuesday night in Elk River at the BP Station, located at 19696 Evans St NW.
According to scanner traffic in that incident, police were seeking at white male, also in his 20s, who was wearing black rimmed glasses and had a bandana on his face that was red.
It’s not known if the two incidents are at all related.
Both suspects should be considered armed and, in the case of the police shooter, very dangerous.