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UPDATE: Man Involved in Officer-Involved Shooting Has Died

January 12, 2017 09:16 AM

(ABC 6 News) - The Austin Police Department says the man involved in an officer involved shooting Wednesday afternoon has died.

In a press release police say officers with the Austin Police Department and deputies with the Mower County sheriff's office responded to a call about a domestic disturbance at 3:30 p.m. on the 1000 block of 8th Ave. SW.

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Police say during an encounter with an adult male at the residence an officer discharged their service weapon, injuring the man

According to the press release the man was taken by ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin and was later taken to Mayo Clinic in Rochester by helicopter, where he died.

One officer received non-life threatening injuries during the incident and was also taken to Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin.  That officer has been treated and released.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is now investigating the incident.

According to police the deceased will be identified once a preliminary autopsy has taken place and the family has been notified.

A longtime friend has identified the man as Ronnie Johnson, but that has not been confirmed by authorities.

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The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has arrived on the scene of an officer involved shooting in Austin.

The state agency is tasked with taking over an investigation in the event of an officer involved shooting.

Austin police were called to the 1000 block of 8th Avenue SW just after 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Neighbors, like Kati Radford-Garcia, say at that point, the situation escalated.

"I hear some noises outside my window and I went and looked and there were two cop cars blocking off the street here,” Radford-Garcia said. “And I just saw them running towards the house with their guns drawn.”

Police at the scene told ABC 6 News the call ended in an officer involved shooting. An investigator at the scene says no officer suffered any life-threatening injuries. No word on the suspect.

"I kept seeing them running to and from the ambulance,” Radford-Garcia said. “After, I’m going to say, 20 minutes, they had brought a gentleman out on the stretcher."

Curtis Glover, who lives on 8th Avenue SW, says he scrambled to try to find out what was going on.

"My landlord was concerned. Very concerned. He was like hysterical. He’s like, ‘What’s going on over there?’"

The incident is the second officer involved shooting in Austin in the past year.

For neighbors, many say they are stunned to find it happening in their neighborhood.

"I grew up in this neighborhood and we've never really had any problems here,” Radford-Garcia said. “Part of me panicked because I was thinking, ‘Oh gosh, what’s going on?’"

Law enforcement was expected to release more information Thursday morning.   


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