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Police shoot, kill carjacking suspect near Frogtown

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

A 14-year-old boy and two St. Paul police officers are recovering after police shot and killed a carjacking suspect on Sunday near St. Paul's Frogtown neighborhood.

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According to the St. Paul Police Department, the man officers shot and killed -- identified Monday as 20-year-old Yee Vang -- had opened fire on both police and community members on Sunday afternoon before he was killed. His body was turned over to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office for identification after the shootout, and witnesses reported hearing 5 to 6 gunshots.

"Taking a life is not something officers wake up in the morning looking to do," Howie Padilla, with the St. Paul Police Department, told members of the press. "It's not something they revel in."

Police say Vang embarked on a string of crimes that began after he apparently crashed his car through a fence at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday near Jackson Street and East Cook Avenue. Police said witnesses informed them Vang began waving a gun around after the crash, and soon stole a bicycle he could not ride before carjacking an SUV at gunpoint. Police say he then fled the scene in the stolen vehicle while the owner and a passenger were still inside.

"This is a danger to the public," Padilla said. "This is somebody who forced his way into someone's vehicle."

Officers spotted the stolen vehicle near West Minnehaha Avenue at North Arundel Street; however, when they tried to stop Vang, they say he immediately got out of the vehicle, took aim at officers, and pulled the trigger. Police fired back, and Vang died en route to Regions Hospital. Neither the Columbia Heights woman who owned the stolen SUV nor her passenger were injured.

"This could have been a much worse situation," Padilla said.

Yet, neighbors who found their streets swarming with police after Sunday's shootout say the situation is bad enough -- especially since an innocent boy walking nearby was somehow caught in the crossfire. He was struck in the stomach and ran nearly two blocks before collapsing in one couple's back yard.

"I thought, 'He's back here dying.' He was moaning, he was yelling, he was really upset and you could tell he was in a lot of pain," witness Lisa McKenna said.

The 14-year-old remains at Children's Hospital for treatment of what police describe as non-life threatening injuries. A witness who helped the teen noted the boy had a hole in his shirt was bleeding.

Two officers suffered minor injuries in the shootout as well. Sgt. Paul Paulos said total of four officers have been placed on 3-day standard administrative leave as the investigation is underway.

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