A Virginia police officer shot and killed a person Tuesday evening after responding to a report of suspicious activity.
Around 5:15 p.m., officers responded to a report of suspicious activity in the 300 block of Second Street South, a news release from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said. Upon arrival, they came across the person in the street where an officer fired and struck the person. The BCA did not immediately provide details regarding the events that led to the shooting. Crime scene personnel recovered a knife at the scene, the news release said.
Officers provided medical aid at the scene before the person was taken by ambulance to Essentia Health-Virginia, where they were pronounced dead. No one else was injured.
The BCA is investigating the shooting at the request of the Virginia Police Department. As is protocol, the officer who fired their weapon has been placed on administrative leave.
Authorities did not name the officer or the shooting victim. The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office will identify the subject once a preliminary autopsy and family notifications have taken place,” the BCA said. “More information will be available once the first round of interviews with incident participants and any witnesses is complete.”
Officers were not wearing body cameras, the news release said, and the BCA has yet to determine if squad cameras have video of the incident.
The shooting investigation, which was confirmed by Virginia Mayor Larry Cuffe, blocked access to the 200 block of South Third Avenue West near the Holy Spirit Church for several hours. People who had cars parked along that block were not able to retrieve their vehicles, but those who lived on the block were able to come and go as they pleased by foot.
Once the BCA investigation is complete, findings will be turned over to the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office, without recommendation.