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Police fatally shoot man who charged at officers with hatchet in Crookston

CROOKSTON, Minn. - Police here fatally shot a man wielding a hatchet as he charged at officers early Thursday.

According to Crookston police, officers encountered the man swinging a hatchet shortly before 1 a.m. in a residential area near the Polk County Government Center. The man "rapidly approached" police, who initially used less-lethal measures to stop him, said Police Chief Darin Selzler.

But as the man continued to advance toward officers, they shot him, then performed life-saving efforts. The man later died at RiverView Health Hospital in Crookston.


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