Created: 02/10/2014 6:28 PM KAALtv.com
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- 34-year-old Dawn Pfister and 36-year-old Matthew Serbus were both on the radar of law enforcement before a high seed chase ultimately led to their deaths last week.
Serbus had been caught by surveillance cameras stealing a Jeep Cherokee out of the lot of a local dealership in January. He and Pfister had been test driving cars there earlier in the day, when Serbus allegedly stole multiple sets of keys.
When questioned by police, the pair admitted to taking the keys, and planned on fleeing Rochester with the vehicles. Arrest warrants were issued for them both.
Friday, while traveling on highway 212 in Eden Prairie, the two were allegedly involved in a rear-end collision before fleeing the scene and ending up in a high speed chase. Police eventually forced the car they were driving into a wall.
According to KSTP, police felt forced to open fire after seeing one of them holding a cutting instrument, likely a knife on the scene.
According to police records, Serbus had nine previous felony convictions, and has had dozens of run-ins with the law in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.