Olivia, Minn., police officer fatally shoots person

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A police officer in Olivia, Minn., fatally shot a person early Sunday morning.

According to the city's news release, an armed person confronted an on-duty officer in an alley near the 800 block of Lincoln Avenue in the city, located about 94 miles west of Minneapolis.

"An altercation took place between the officer and the individual which resulted in the officer discharging their firearm," said the city's statement.

The incident occurred about 2:20 a.m. Sunday.

The person was taken to Olivia Hospital and pronounced dead there. The person's identity was not released.

Information about the shooting was only immediately available from the city's news release, issued by Olivia City Administrator Dan Coughlin. No independent accounts of the events were yet available.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating the shooting. BCA spokeswoman Jill Oliveira said the investigation is ongoing and that no other information was immediately available.

"The BCA is in the very early stage of our investigation and we will be able to release more information once we complete our work at the scene and once we complete the initial interviews and get information from the medical examiner's office," she said.

Oliveira said the BCA cleared the scene about noon Sunday and is investigating whether the incident was captured on video. She declined to comment on what alleged weapon the person possessed and whether there were any witnesses to the shooting.

Per department policy the officer, who has not been publicly identified, was placed on administrative leave pending the investigation, according to the city.

Olivia Mayor Jon Hawkinson declined to comment on the shooting and whether or not Olivia police wear body cameras.

Olivia Council Member Tom Kalahar said he had no more information about the case than what had been released publicly.

The area where the shooting occurred is downtown, Kalahar said, adding that the city of approximately 2,500 residents has a police force of five officers.

Chao Xiong • 612-270-4708

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