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Officers, suspect in fatal Coon Rapids police shooting identified

COON RAPIDS, Minn. — The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on Monday, April 22, identified the three law enforcement officers who fired their weapons in the fatal shooting of a Cass Lake man during a traffic stop Thursday, April 18, in Coon Rapids.

Coon Rapids police Officer Alex Hattstrom and Anoka County sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Vitek Jr. both fired their guns, while Coon Rapids police Officer Geoff Neumann discharged his Taser, the BCA said in a news release.

John Duane Fairbanks, 40, was stopped by police about 1:30 a.m. He got out of his vehicle during the stop and fled on foot, firing a gun at officers as he ran, Coon Rapids Police Chief Brad Wise said.

Officers from multiple agencies responded and set up a perimeter as they searched for Fairbanks. About 30 minutes later, a police dog and its handler located him hiding in the backyard of a residence.

Wise said that officers believed Fairbanks posed a deadly threat to them and opened fire, killing him. The chief said a handgun was recovered at the scene.

The BCA is investigating the shooting.

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