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The Today File

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December 19, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Officials: Kennewick student shot by Minnesota police had knife

The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Authorities say a Kennewick man who was killed by police on a busy Minnesota freeway was repeatedly stabbing himself in the moments before the shooting, then charged at officers with a knife.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says 18-year-old Johnathon Dean Mar ignored officers’ commands to drop the knife in the Wednesday morning incident. Two officers shot him multiple times when he charged at them.

The officers were identified as Hennepin County Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew Hagen and Brooklyn Center Police Officer Alan Salvosa. Both are on standard administrative leave.

The preliminary investigation shows authorities were pursuing Mar as a suspect in a fatal shooting at a highway rest stop. Mar crashed the vehicle he was driving on Interstate 694, then emerged with the knife.

The Kennewick School District said Mar had been enrolled in the district for a total of seven months between 2011 and 2014. Most recently, he was enrolled at Legacy High School and Tri-Tech Skills Center. He also attended an out-of-district online school.

BACKGROUND: Officials: Kennewick student shot dead by Minnesota authorities

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