One dead after vehicle nearly hits officer, crashes into car in north Minneapolis

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A deadly crash is under investigation in north Minneapolis after a vehicle nearly hit an officer and later struck another vehicle a few blocks away, according to Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder.

Elder says around 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, two officers responded to a report of two suspicious vehicles near 3300 block of Aldrich Avenue N. 

An officer made contact with the driver of each vehicle. While the officer was speaking to one of the drivers, the other vehicle took off at fast speed, nearly hitting the officer.

"This is an officer who just out, trying to gather data from one of the people that they're checking on and he was nearly struck - that's really scary," said Elder.

The police went after the suspect's vehicle, which crashed into a blue car just a few blocks away at 36th Avenue North and Aldrich Avenue North.

The driver of the blue car died from his injuries. Police believe he was the only person inside the car.

Police were able to take the suspect into custody. 

"There were suspected narcotics and other instrumentalities of a crime found in the [suspect's] vehicle," said Elder.

The crash remains under investigation.

Officers are still looking for the other vehicle involved in the initial suspicious vehicle report.