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Officer-Involved Shooting Closes Section Of I-394

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Police say an officer-involved shooting has closed down westbound Interstate 394 at Hopkins Crossroad.

A Golden Valley police officer attempted to stop a vehicle on westbound I-394 near Highway 169 around 1 p.m. The driver of the vehicle eventually pulled over to the side of I-394 near Hopkins Crossroad.

The driver, a woman, was in possession of a handgun and was shot and killed by the officer. The officer was not injured. No other details about the incident have been released.

A witness told WCCO Radio that police ordered people in their cars to get down. Traffic is also partially closed on eastbound I-394. Eastbound lanes, except the HOV lane, are now open. Witnesses told police there was a high-speed chase before the shooting occurred.

Business owners said they heard six to eight gunshots during the incident, but that hasn’t been confirmed by police.

Witness Eric Gunderson Describes Scene

Minnetonka Police and Golden Valley Police departments are assisting on the scene. Several police vehicles have surrounded the area where the shooting occurred and crime tape has been placed around the area.

The closure on I-394 from Hopkins Crossroads to Highway 169 is expected to last for hours, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and will affect this evening’s commute. MnDOT said it should be closed until 7 p.m.

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office will be investigating the incident. The Golden Valley police officer has been placed on temporary administrative leave, per standard procedure.

Gallery: Officer-Involved Shooting On I-394

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