A man who fled during a traffic stop in St. Paul was shot by police Friday night near Front Avenue is now recovering at Regions Hospital as investigators work to present their case against him to prosecutors.
According to St. Paul police, officers attempted to stop the vehicle, which had a broken window, near Front Avenue and Marion Street at about 5:15 p.m. when the driver sped away.
A high-speed chase that traversed nearly 8 miles of city streets ensued, and at one point, the vehicle slowed and a passenger escaped to flee on foot. That person was not injured and is being questioned by investigators.
The driver, however, continued until the driver abandoned the vehicle near Front Avenue and Woodbridge Street. At that time, police used their service weapons and shot the man three times. His injuries were not life-threatening, police say.
Investigators have not yet released the name of the suspect. Police also have not said what caused the officers to open fire, saying only the officers involved had reason to believe the suspect was armed.
Neither officer was injured.
On Sunday, the officers involved in the shooting were identified as Officer Darin McDonald, who has been with the department for 6 years, and Officer Michael Tschida, a 4-year veteran.
The St. Paul Police Department does not plan on releasing any additional information on the shooting until Monday afternoon at the earliest.