Mankato Public Safety responded to a report of an armed robbery at 51674 U.S. Highway 169 at 12:08 p.m. today. The male suspect headed east on foot and crossed the highway toward the river. A search was conducted, and a suspect matching the description was located in a raft. The suspect fired several times at law enforcement, and at some point licensed peace officers returned fire. The suspect was recovered from the river and determined to be deceased.

Agencies assisting in the incident include the Mankato Department of Public Safety; Blue Earth, Nicollet, Le Sueur and Nicollet counties sheriffs’ departments; North Mankato and St. Peter police departments; the Minnesota State Patrol, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota River Valley Tactical Response Team.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the incident at the request of the agencies involved. No other information is available at this time.