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December 18, 2014 at 6:39 AM

Officials: Kennewick student shot dead by Minnesota authorities

The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — A man killed by Minnesota police after an apparent homicide and high-speed chase has been identified as a Washington state high school senior, but questions remained Thursday about why he was in Minnesota and what led to his confrontation with officers.

Johnathon Dean Mar, 18, of Kennewick, died a day earlier of blood loss from multiple gunshot wounds, the Ramsey County Medical Examiner said Thursday. He was shot on Interstate 694 in Shoreview on Wednesday morning after police say he crashed the vehicle he was driving and brandished a weapon.

Authorities were pursuing Mar after they found another man shot dead at an Interstate 94 rest stop in the Minneapolis suburb of Maple Grove. The vehicle Mar was driving matched the shooting suspect’s SUV, which had Oregon license plates.

A message left with Maple Grove police was not immediately returned. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is investigating the officer-involved shooting of Mar, said additional information will be released Friday.

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.

Authorities said Wednesday there were more questions than answers in the case, but provided some information about how events unfolded.

Maple Grove police arrived at the Elm Creek rest stop about 1 a.m. Wednesday to find a man had been fatally shot. Officers soon spotted a red sport utility vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s.

With the aid of a State Patrol helicopter, authorities pursued the SUV until it crashed into the cable barriers in the center median on I-694 in Shoreview, a suburb north of St. Paul. Authorities said Mar got out and was holding a weapon, prompting a Hennepin County sheriff’s deputy and a Brooklyn Center police officer to open fire, killing him.

 

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