Man and woman fatally shot following police chase on Hwy 212 [UPDATE]

Still photo from a press briefing at Eden Prairie City Hall on Friday

Still photo from a press briefing at Eden Prairie City Hall on Friday

:::: UPDATE :::: Couple shot to death by officers in Eden Prairie wouldn't drop a knife, officials say

Lt. Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol identified the two people shot to death Friday on Highway 212 as a man and a woman. But he refused to confirm whether this was a hostage situation, as was initially reported over the police scanner.

Four unnamed officers -- one state trooper, one Carver County sheriff's deputy, and two from the Chaska Police Department -- have been put on standard administrative leave while the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigates. It could be days before they're interviewed about the moments that led up to the shooting.

The first calls came in around 7:30 a.m. about a red Saab that had been speeding and fled a rear-end accident near Highway 212 and County Road 43, Roeske said.

The names of the driver and passenger will be released by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office after the autopsies.

To the frustration of reporters, Roeske concluded a 16-minute press conference at Eden Prairie City Hall without providing any information about the relationship of the man and woman who were shot to death. Roeske responded to nearly every question by saying the incident remained under investigation.

"It would be premature and irresponsible to try to articulate what [the officers] saw and encountered," he said.

Before the officers left the room, a male reporter in the back asked whether the citizens of Eden Prairie should be concerned for their safety.

"That's not a question we have anyone here to answer," said Bruce Gordon, a spokesman for the BCA. "Thank you, though."

The reporter shot back: "Room full of cops. I figured they'd have an answer."

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Two people were shot and killed after a police chase Friday morning on Highway 212, according to a spokesman for the Minnesota State Patrol:

-- Lt. Eric Roeske (@MSPPIO) February 7, 2014
The details are still emerging, but police are reporting that no officers were injured in the process. They won't confirm, as an early report over the police scanner suggested, whether there was a hostage involved.

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MnDOT traffic cameras show that the car was driving with its hood up when it spun out of control and crashed between Minnesota 101 and Dell Road, shortly before 8 a.m.

The driver and passenger were killed after the pursuit had ended, according to KARE 11, whose helicopter captured images of a pair of bodies on the side of the road draped in yellow tarp.

For the moment, Highway 212 in Eden Prairie is closed in both directions.

We'll update this story as it progresses. Watch the press briefing here.

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