BCA Investigating Officer Involved Shooting in St. James

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating an Officer involved shooting in St. James.

Authorities say one man is dead after leading authorities on a high speed chase through four counties.

The incident began Wednesday morning when Nicollet County Sheriff’s Deputies spotted a vehicle in LaFayette that had been reported stolen earlier in the day in New Ulm.

Law Enforcement chased the vehicle at high speeds until the chase was called off for safety reasons.

A half hour later, the unnamed assailant was spotted in St. James and a separate police chase ensued. After he drove his vehicle into a snow bank he fled on food into a nearby Casey’s where he hid in the Office.

According to a press release from the BCA, Officers from several departments entered the building and deployed multiple taser rounds. Eventually an Officer shot the suspect with his firearm.

The man was taken to a hospital in St. James and pronounced dead.

The Press Release says investigators found a knife at the scene.

Names of the dead man and Officers will not be released until after the family is notified and interviews completed.

The BCA says none of the Officers were wearing body cameras and there is no dash camera footage of the shooting.