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Man and women dead after high-speed chase, Highway 212 in Eden Prairie remains closed

U.S. Highway 212 remains closed closed in both directions near the western edge of Eden Prairie this afternoon following a police chase and subsequent police-involved shooting that left two dead this morning.

U.S. Highway 212 remains closed closed in both directions near the western edge of Eden Prairie this afternoon following a police chase and subsequent police-involved shooting that left two dead this morning.

Eastbound Highway 212 is specifically closed at Minnesota Highway 41 and westbound Highway 212 is closed at Dell Road, according to the Minnesota Department of Transporation.

The opening of the roadway is uncertain at this time, but may open in the late afternoon, according to MnDOT.

West central Minnesotans traveling east on Highway 212 are encouraged to seek alternate routes.

The road closure is the result of a high-speed police chase Friday morning stretching nearly 20 miles and a subsequent police-invovled shooting that left a man and a woman dead in Eden Prairie.

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No police officers were hurt, according to the Minnesota State Patrol spokesman.

Officers from Chaska, the Carver County Sheriff's Office and the State Patrol responded to reports of a Red Saab driving erratically east of Norwood Young America in Carver County around 7:30 a.m., according a release from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprhension.

The same car was reported fleeing a rear-end crash nearby -- officers chased the suspects on Highway 212 at speeds surpassing 80 mph, authorities said.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that MnDOT Traffic cameras showed several police vehicles had surrounded the Saab on Highway 212 between Minnesota 101 and Dell Road shortly before 8 a.m. after it crashed along the highway wall. The driver and passenger then got out of the car, but authorities would not detail what happen next, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press, a partner of Forum News Service, contributed to this story.

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Kelly Boldan has been editor of West Central Tribune and Wctrib.com in Willmar, Minnesota, since October 2001. He joined Forum Communications Co. in November 1998 as editor of the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer.
Boldan can be reached via email: editor@wctrib.com or telephone: 320-214-4331.
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