1 dead in officer-involved shooting after traffic stop in Coon Rapids, Minn.
One person is dead following an officer involved shooting in Coon Rapids.
COON RAPIDS, Minn. (FOX 9) - One person is dead following an officer-involved shooting in Coon Rapids, Minnesota early Thursday morning.
Around 1:30 a.m., officers with the Coon Rapids Police Department initiated a traffic stop near Foley Boulevard and 98th Lane West, Coon Rapids Police Chief Brad Wise said at a news conference.
Wise said the driver got out of the car and had a brief "physical altercation" with officers. He fired several shots at police as he fled the scene.
Several other law enforcement agencies responded, including the Anoka County Sheriff's Office, responded and began to search the area. After approximately 30 minutes of searching, a K-9 located the suspect hiding in a backyard.
Wise said more gunfire was exchanged.
Anoka County Sheriff James Stuart said the suspect posed an immediate threat to law enforcement and was shot by police.
The suspect died at the scene. No officers were injured.
According to officials, officer Alex Hattstrom discharged his firearm. He has been with the Coon Rapids Police Department for three years. Officer Geoff Neumann discharged his Taser. He has been in law enforcement for five years including the last two years with the Coon Rapids Police Department. Deputy Christopher Vitek, Jr., discharged his firearm. He has been with the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office for two years.
The suspect was identified as John Duane Fairbanks, 40, of Cass Lake. Officials say he died of multiple gunshot wounds.
A handgun was found at the scene.
"While this is not the outcome we want, we expect our law enforcement officers to protect the public and themselves," Stuart said. "Sadly, the suspect chose actions that dictated this outcome.”
According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, dash cameras, body cameras and a drone were used during the incident.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the shooting.