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Man dies after confrontation with police in Stillwater

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Updated: 6:04 p.m. | Posted: 5:35 a.m.

A man is dead following a confrontation with police in Stillwater. 

The Washington County Sheriff's Department says officers from  Stillwater, Bayport and Oak Park Heights responded to a call around 1 a.m. Wednesday involving a suicidal man in the 1200 block of Fourth Street South.  

According to a news release, officers made contact with the man who police say was armed with a knife. During the encounter, officers deployed three Tasers but they were ineffective. The man was shot. Officers then began administering medical aid. The man was taken to Lakeview Hospital and later pronounced dead.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office later identified the man as Keaton James Larson, 22, of Stillwater. He died of a single gunshot wound the office said.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has been asked to investigate the incident. Authorities say body cameras and squad car cameras were turned on during the encounter. BCA personnel recovered a kitchen knife and a razor blade at the scene, according to a news release issued by the Stillwater Police Department.

The officers involved were identified as Stillwater police officer Hunter Julien who discharged his firearm, Stillwater police officer Laura McBroom who discharged her Taser, Oak Park Heights police officer Brian Tennessen who discharged his Taser and Bayport police officer Brittany Lepowsky who also discharged her Taser. All of the officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave.