Police Shoot Armed Suspect Outside Woodbury Target Store

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Written By Blue & Gold NLR Team





In a dramatic turn of events, a Woodbury police officer and a sheriff’s deputy fired their weapons at an armed auto theft suspect outside a Target store on Monday morning.

The incident unfolded in the parking lot of the Valley Creek Plaza shopping center in Woodbury, Minnesota, following a report of an unoccupied vehicle with stolen license plates.

As officers were inspecting the vehicle, the suspect, believed to be in his 50s, appeared and engaged in a physical altercation when they attempted to apprehend him. Due to the suspect being armed with a handgun, law enforcement officers retreated.

The suspect then retreated into the vehicle and barricaded himself inside. Despite attempts to negotiate with him and the use of less-lethal weapons, the suspect remained uncooperative.

At approximately 10:30 a.m., the suspect emerged from the vehicle and pointed his handgun at law enforcement officers. In response, a Woodbury officer and a deputy discharged their firearms, injuring the suspect.

The injured suspect was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul for treatment, although his current condition remains undisclosed.

Following protocol, both the officer and the deputy involved in the shooting have been placed on standard administrative leave. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is spearheading the investigation into the shooting, while Woodbury police are conducting inquiries into the initial auto theft incident.

A press conference regarding the shooting is scheduled for Monday at 3 p.m., during which authorities will provide further details. The event will be streamed live on various platforms, including CBS News Minnesota, Pluto TV, and the CBS News app.

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