Suspect held weapon in most Minnesota police-involved deaths
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A new analysis shows Minnesota police who shot and killed suspects faced volatile and varied situations, with those killed often holding a weapon.
At least 60 people have been shot and killed by police in the state since 2008. A Minnesota Public Radio News analysis shows more than 70 percent of those killed held guns or knives, and officers reported being shot at in nearly 30 percent of cases.
Drugs, alcohol or mental illness were mentioned in more than 18 cases. Domestic disturbance calls made up more than one-quarter of all fatal officer-involved shootings.
Minnesota requires law enforcement agencies to report when officers fire their weapons, including deaths. No officers have been charged in fatal encounters since 2008.
Six officers have been killed on duty since 2008 in Minnesota.
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