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UPDATE: Medical Examiner's office identifies truck driver in shooting incident

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Updated: May 06, 2021 05:01 PM
Created: May 05, 2021 09:25 AM

(ABC 6 News) - The Southern Minnesota Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man who died during a shooting incident on May 5, in Rochester. Michael Charles Apicella, 63, of Black River Falls, Wisc., died due to two self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

An investigation of the incident is being conducted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Rochester Police Department.

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(ABC 6 News) - Update 2:15 p.m. - One person is dead following a shooting incident that occurred during a commercial vehicle traffic stop at the Miracle Mile shopping center parking lot Wednesday morning.

According to the Department of Public Safety, three troopers assigned to the Minnesota State Patrol Commercial Vehicle unit stopped a semi-truck for a vehicle inspection around 6:45 a.m. 

Troopers attempted to detain the semi-truck driver for failing to produce identification around 8:30 a.m. 

According to the preliminary investigation, the driver took out a gun and fired two rounds, both of which were self-inflicted shots.

The truck driver was taken to Saint Mary’s hospital with life-threatening injuries and was later pronounced dead.

No troopers fired their weapons, and no troopers were injured.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and the Rochester Police Department are leading the investigation.

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The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has arrived at the scene. 

A press release with additional information is expected to be released by noon.

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The Rochester Police Department and Minnesota State Patrol are responding to what is believed to be an active situation in NW Rochester. Officials say there is no danger to the public.

An ABC 6 News reporter on scene at the Miracle Miles Shopping Center said police tape is blocking off areas of the parking lot.

This is a breaking news situation. More information will be added as it becomes available.


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