ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Rochester police shoot, kill suspect in ax robbery

The suspect was shot during a traffic stop at 12:44 a.m. Saturday.

RPD - SHOOTING.png
Post Bulletin file photo
We are part of The Trust Project.

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Police shot an armed robbery suspect early Saturday morning, July 30, 2022.

Rochester police responded to a robbery call at a business on the 2000 block of Broadway Avenue South at 10:59 p.m. Friday night. A white male allegedly entered the business armed with an ax, took cash and fled in a van.

Also Read
In its 2021 uniform crime report released Friday, Aug. 12, the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reported 201 murders, an 8.5% annual increase, and a 21.6% increase in violent crime. The previous murder record was set in 2020, when Minnesota had 185 murders — a 58% increase from the 117 reported in 2019.
Last month, the public safety department announced more state patrol troopers would patrol the Twin Cities following a chaotic Fourth of July weekend in Minneapolis that left several injured.

Police located the van at 12:44 a.m. Saturday and conducted a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 63, south of the U.S. Highway 52 overpass. According to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, reports indicate the suspect got out of the van with the ax and charged toward an officer. The officer shot the suspect.

The suspect later died from his injuries.

The officer involved in the shooting has been with the Rochester Police Department for just over a year and was an officer at another agency previously, according to the BCA.

ADVERTISEMENT

The BCA is withholding the names of both the officer involved in the shooting and the suspect who was shot until Monday.

The BCA is investigating the officer-involved shooting, which is standard procedure in Minnesota.

Abby Sharpe joined the Post Bulletin in February 2022 after graduating from Arizona State University with a sports journalism degree. While at ASU, she created short- and long-form stories for audio and digital. Readers can reach Abby at 507-285-7723 or asharpe@postbulletin.com.
What to read next
Severe cold weather across the southern U.S. in February 2021 sent energy prices soaring across the U.S. due to gas supply disruptions and a spike in demand. While the weather had a particularly severe effect on Texas’ power grid, customers in Minnesota ended up seeing significant increases in prices. Customers of the state's gas utilities ended up getting charged around $660 million more than they normally would in February.
Tomassoni, an independent lawmaker from Chisholm, was first elected to the Minnesota Legislature in 1992. He revealed his diagnosis with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, in 2021, and continued to serve as a senator.
Tommy Tongsengzeng Yang, 33, of Rochester, is accused of sexually assaulting and raping a juvenile in several public areas around Rochester.
“History has this sort of really funny way of recycling,” Pao Houa Her says. “Hmong people are given these lands that are deemed uninhabitable, and they’re having to make do with what they have.”