Police fatally shot a motorcyclist who had fled police on foot and was struck by a squad car following a vehicle pursuit in a Duluth suburb, according to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
A St. Louis County sheriff’s deputy and two police officers from Hermantown were pursuing the motorcyclist Saturday just after 3 p.m., a news release said.
The motorcyclist was traveling northbound on Midway Road just past W. Arrowhead Road at more than 100 miles per hour.
The officers later called off their pursuit.
A short time later, sheriff’s deputies spotted the motorcyclist briefly.
After the motorcycle got stuck, its driver tried to flee on foot.
“At one point during the encounter, shots were fired,” the news release said. “At another point the subject was struck by a squad car.”
Police rendered first aid but the motorcycle rider died at the scene. A gun was recovered, according to BCA crime scene personnel.
The BCA is investigating; the motorcyclist’s identity has not been released.
The Duluth News Tribune reported the motorcyclist was male and that a house in the 4300 block of Stebner Road was taped off on Saturday. A witness told a WDIO News crew they heard around 12 gunshots.
Officials say law enforcement officers were not wearing body cameras. BCA investigators will determine whether squad cameras captured the incident.
Erin Adler • 612-673-1781