ST. JAMES, Minn. (AP/WCCO) — State officials say a man who fled from authorities in a stolen vehicle has been fatally shot by an officer in a southern Minnesota community.

The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says sheriff’s deputies in Nicollet County spotted a vehicle in Lafayette that had been stolen in New Ulm and began a pursuit Wednesday. The BCA says the chase was called off for safety reasons.

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Officials say the stolen vehicle was later spotted in the Watonwan County community of St. James. Officers followed it until the driver drove into a snowbank and fled on foot into Casey’s General Store. The BCA says several officers used a stun gun on the man and an officer later shot him. Authorities say a knife was found at the scene.

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Thursday afternoon, the BCA identified the man as 20-year-old Gilberto Salas of Gaylord, Minnesota. He died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the BCA.

No details were provided on why the officer used deadly force.

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