Police officers fatally shot a man late Saturday following a vehicle pursuit in Edina and Richfield that apparently was streamed on social media.

According to a statement from Edina and Richfield police, the vehicle pursuit began at 10:22 p.m. in Edina, and continued to near the intersection of 77th Street East and Chicago Avenue in Richfield.

That's where officers fatally shot the man. The statement did not provide any further details about what preceded the shooting.

The Star Tribune, citing police dispatch audio, reported that officers yelled "Drop the knife!" immediately before the shooting. Authorities have not said whether the man was armed.

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation.

The man who died apparently broadcast video of the police pursuit live on Facebook. In the video, flashing lights from police squads can be seen for a few minutes before the driver pulls over and quickly exits the vehicle.

About 15 seconds later, officers can be heard yelling — followed within seconds by two volleys of gunfire, totaling about 12 shots. Officers can be seen firing their weapons, but the man who died is not visible on the video at that point.

The video continues for more than 90 minutes, showing the interior of the vehicle, flashing lights and police officers walking past, before someone shuts off the camera.

No police officers were injured in the incident. The Edina and Richfield police departments said in a statement that they "express our thoughts and prayers to all those involved in this tragic incident."

 
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