UPDATE: Truck driver who took own life during Rochester traffic stop identified as Black River Falls man
ROCHESTER, Minn. (WKBT) — The Southern Minnesota Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man who took his own life during a commercial vehicle traffic stop in Rochester Wednesday as Michael Charles Apicella, 63, of Black River Falls.
Apicella died of two self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the head, the medical examiner’s office said Thursday.
ROCHESTER, Minn. (WKBT) — Minnesota authorities are investigating after state troopers say a semitruck driver died by suicide Wednesday after being stopped for a vehicle inspection.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, three troopers assigned to the Minnesota State Patrol Commercial Vehicle unit stopped a semitruck for a vehicle inspection at about 6:45 a.m. Wednesday in the Miracle Mile shopping center parking lot in Rochester. The troopers attempted to detain the driver for failing to produce identification at around 8:30 a.m.; however, the driver took out a gun and fired two rounds, both of which were self-inflicted shots to the head.
The driver as taken to St. Mary’s hospital with life-threatening injuries and died.
No troopers fired their weapons and no troopers were injured.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Rochester Police Department are leading the investigation.
The State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Section is comprised of civilian commercial vehicle inspectors and state troopers working in cooperation to conduct commercial vehicle safety inspections and weighing at highway weigh stations and roadside locations throughout the state.
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