A Kennewick student was killed by Minnesota authorities after fleeing from police who were investigating a homicide.
The news was announced in an internal memo from the school district to staff obtained by the Herald.
Johnathon Mar, 18, was shot dead on a Minnesota interstate early Wednesday after the high-speed chase, officials said. He reportedly crashed a red sports utility vehicle and pulled a weapon on police.
Authorities in Minnesota had not identified Mar by Wednesday night as the person who was killed. An age for Mar was not released by local school district officials.
Mar was enrolled at Legacy High School and Tri-Tech Skills Center in Kennewick, said Robyn Chastain, school district spokeswoman, in the memo. He was previously enrolled at Southridge High School for three months in 2011 before leaving the Kennewick school district.
Mar returned to Southridge in August 2014 while also enrolling in Tri-Tech, Chastain said. He then transferred to Legacy High in November while continuing classes at Tri-Tech.
About 1 a.m. Wednesday, authorities in Hennepin County responded to a shooting at a rest stop along Interstate 94, according to a release from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office. An adult male was found shot dead at the location.
A witness gave police a description of a red SUV with Oregon plates leaving the area and authorities tried to stop the vehicle a short time later, according to a report from the Star Tribune newspaper in Minneapolis. The driver fled and led police on a chase with speeds up to 115 miles per hour.
After Mar crashed the SUV and brandished the weapon, a sheriff’s deputy and police officer fired their guns, authorities said.
Minnesota authorities did not identify the victim at the rest stop, or a motive for the killing or possible connection between Mar and the victim.
Authorities are scheduled to host a press conference in Minnesota about the incident Thursday morning.