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Chief: Man who stopped Minnesota mall stabbings 'right person'

4 months 4 days 6 hours ago September 19, 2016 Sep 19, 2016 Monday, September 19 2016 September 19, 2016 12:58 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: AP News

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - A Minnesota police chief says the part-time officer who fatally shot a man stabbing people at a St. Cloud mall was "the right person, at the right place, at the right time" to prevent the attack from getting worse.

Avon Police Chief Corey Nellis said at a news conference Monday that Jason Falconer "was the person who needed to be there." Falconer was shopping at Crossroads Center on Saturday night when he shot a man who stabbed nine people and then lunged at Falconer with a knife.

Falconer owns a firing range and is the firearms instructor for the city of Avon. Nellis said: "If I was going to ask anybody to fire ... live rounds in a crowded mall, I would trust his abilities next to anybody's."

Since Falconer has not been on the police schedule for some time, he has not been put on administrative leave. The FBI is investigating the stabbings as a potential terrorist act, however the motive is not known.

Nine people were injured in Saturday's stabbing attack; all have been treated and released.

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