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Officers shoot, kill armed suspect wanted on warrant following struggle over handgun in Bemidji, chief says 

The intersection of Ridgeway Avenue and 30th Street Northwest in Bemidji, the site of an officer-involved shooting on Wednesday night. (Jordan Shearer | Bemidji Pioneer)

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Officers shot and killed a man wanted on a felony warrant Wednesday night, Nov. 28, in Bemidji following a struggle once law enforcement realized the suspect was armed during a traffic stop, authorities said.

According to Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin, the shooting occurred just before 11 p.m. after a traffic stop at the intersection of 30th Street NW and Ridgeway Avenue.

During the stop, the officer confirmed a rear seat passenger was wanted on a felony warrant. A Beltrami County sheriff's deputy arrived soon after. When the suspect was asked to exit the vehicle, both the officer and deputy saw that the person had a handgun, Mastin said. The officer and the suspect then struggled over the handgun, and the officer and deputy both fired their service weapons, striking the suspect.

Emergency personnel were called and the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension arrived on scene and will conduct the investigation into the shooting, Mastin said.

The Bemidji police officer was wearing a body camera, he said.

Check back here on this developing story.

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