BURNSVILLE, Minn. (KMSP) - Police in Burnsville, Minnesota shot and killed a man who they say was holding a gun and threatening suicide Monday night at an apartment complex on Cliff Road. The officers involved in the shooting were wearing body cameras.
Police were called to an apartment complex on the 1600 block of Cliff Road at 8:22 p.m. Monday. The first officers arrived on scene at 8:25 p.m. Officers were told the man had threatened suicide and had left the apartment with a gun.
Officers searched the area with the help of a Minnesota State Patrol helicopter, which used heat sensors to locate the man in a tree line near the apartment complex at 9:22 p.m.
According to Burnsville police, the man was still holding the gun when officers approached. One officer fired shots and the man was killed.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the use of force in this shooting.
Help is available
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 800-273-8255. The hotline has trained staff available 24/7 to help those in crisis. Everyone can play a role in preventing suicide by being aware of the warning signs of suicidal behaviors:
- Talking about wanting to die; feeling hopeless, trapped, or in unbearable pain, being a burden to others
- Looking for a way to kill oneself
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious, agitated, or reckless
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or feeling isolated
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Displaying extreme mood swings.
What you can do
If you believe someone is at risk of suicide:
- Ask them if they are thinking about killing themselves. (This will not put the idea into their heads, or make it more likely that they will attempt suicide.)
- Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255).
- Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.
- Remove any objects that could be used in a suicide attempt.
- If possible, do not leave the person alone.