Burnsville Police fatally shot a man allegedly brandishing a weapon in the parking lot of a McDonald’s restaurant Thursday morning.
Officers were responding to a call about a suspicious person around 6:15 a.m. at the restaurant just off Hwy. 13 and Washburn Avenue S. It was not immediately clear what led up to the shooting, said police spokesman Matt Smith.
Burnsville Police Chief Eric Gieseke said five police officers responded to a suspicious person at the McDonald’s parking lot. Gieseke said the man was holding a weapon when he was shot, but he would not elaborate on what the weapon was. No officers were harmed, he said. Records show the vehicle on the scene belongs to a 57-year-old Richfield man.
Authorities have released few other details about the incident. Gieseke said the five officers were wearing body cameras, but it will be up to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, who is assisting with the investigation, to release the footage.
According to a scanner report on the Police Clips website, the man who was shot was inside a vehicle jumping up and down and possibly waving a knife. An employee and a customer called police to the scene. Shortly after police arrived, shots were fired, the recording said.
A person who answered the phone at the McDonald’s declined to answer questions. Crime scene tape surrounded the area late Thursday morning, while half a dozen officers and crime lab vehicles remained on the scene.