Police chase ends with taxi hijacker dead

By: Calvin Swanson

A 40-minute car chase ended with officers opening fire and killing a taxi cab hijacker in northern Anoka County Thursday.

The chase began in Minneapolis and ended just south of Forest Lake after the suspect hit spike strips and went into the ditch, according to a Star Tribune report. The subject was armed with a handgun, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. The police then approached the suspect before opening fire and killing the suspect.

No police officers were hurt during the incident. The suspect's name will not be released until an autopsy is performed, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The chase started at 5:00 a.m. near the Lowry Tunnel in Minneapolis when the suspect proceeded to rob a cab driver before it turned into a carjacking, according to the Star Tribune. The Red and White Taxi cab driver is doing fine.

The carjacker then drove through the north metro before ending up on I-35 northbound, according to the Pioneer Press. The suspect went into the ditch after striking spike strips, which were placed by officers on I-35 at 80th Street.

The Pioneer Press reported that it is unknown whether officers were threatened by the armed subject, and that officers have yet to be identified. I-35 was closed for nearly eight hours while investigators checked into the matter, according to the Star Tribune.

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