The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says four law officers fired their guns in a shootout that killed a robbery suspect as he tried to escape in a raft on the Minnesota River near Mankato. The BCA says two officers are with the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office, one is a Nicollet County sheriff’s deputy and one is a North Mankato police officer. The man who died was earlier identified as 24-year-old Austin Dean Heights, who had no permanent address. Heights died of multiple gunshot wounds. The BCA says Heights robbed a gas station Saturday and fled in a raft while exchanging gunfire with officers. He was shot as he tried to get out of the raft. Two guns were found at the scene.


A BCA reports says that Lieutenant Jeremy Brennan and deputy James Othoudt, both with the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office; deputy Paul Biederman with the Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office; and officer Chris Hendrickson with the North Mankato Police Department have all have been placed on standard administrative leave.