Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Office says officers’ use of force justified in fatal shooting

Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Office says officers’ use of force justified in fatal shooting

LE SUEUR, Minn. (KEYC) - The Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Office says there will be no charges filed against the four officers involved in a fatal shooting this spring.

24-year-old Austin Dean Heights died after being shot by police on April 18.

Police say officers exchanged gunfire with Heights at several points during a pursuit after a reported armed robbery at the BP gas station on Highway 169.

Heights was eventually fatally struck by gunfire as he tried to get out of a raft on the Minnesota River. Officials say the use of force was necessary in order to protect other law enforcement officers and residents nearby.

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