The 28-year-old man, Jason Barsness, carjacked a Red and White Taxi cab in the Lowry Tunnel in Minneapolis around 5 a.m. Thursday, and he was killed by police after a 40-minutes high-speed chase.
The Taxi company's general manager, Pat White, told the Star Tribune that Barsness smelled of alcohol but didn't appear drunk. The cabdriver got suspicious when Barsness provided him a north metro address. He took out the gun and robbed the driver after the driver asked Barsness how he was going to pay.
According to the KSTP, the police used spike strips on Interstate 35E at 80th Street in Columbus. The taxi then left the road and stopped in a ditch. Barsness raised a gun when police officers approached to the taxi. Therefore, the five officers opened fire, and Barsness was killed by multiple gunshot wounds. The officers who had fired their guns have been put on paid administrative leave.
The Star Tribune reported that the court records show that Barsness had some criminal record including convictions for drunken driving, disorderly conduct and domestic assault. Barsness's friend, Elysah Dawson, had received his voicemail before the incident. She still didn't believe it and had a sick feeling of it.
After the incident, the driver who robbed by Barsness spend the day at home, but he planned to return to work Friday, the Star Tribune reported.