Minnesota BCA investigating after officers fire shots during chase in Shakopee

The Minnesota BCA is investigating after officers opened fire following a chase that ended in a crash in Shakopee.

According to investigators, it all started around 11:30 a.m. when a man later identified as John Paul Smith, 19, of Willmar, Minnesota, passed a trooper driving about 100 mph on I-494 near Dodd Road.

According to the BCA, the trooper began a pursuit that stretched through several cities and included Burnsville police. The chase ended along Highway 169 and Eagle Creek Boulevard when the suspect crashed his vehicle.

The man ran away on foot, investigators say. During the foot chase, the BCA says two officers fired their weapons. The officers were Burnsville Police Sgt. Steve Stoler, an 18-year veteran and Officer Taylor Jacobs, a veteran of 8 years. 

The Minnesota BCA says no one was struck by gunfire. The man was taken into custody around noon on the 1300 block of Pine Tree Lane.

Also, the BCA said 22-year State Patrol Sgt. Thomas Sarych attempted a PIT maneuver during the pursuit. 

The BCA reports he will be held in jail on outstanding warrants.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call the BCA at 651-793-7000.

The BCA says portions of the incident were captured on squad camera and body camera video.