Minn. officer dies in pursuit crash


By Maricella Miranda
The St. Paul Pioneer Press

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. A long week for police officers ended Friday when a Minneapolis Park Police officer died of injuries suffered when a squad car hit him during a short pursuit in a neighborhood alley more than a week ago.

The Parks Department believes Mark Bedard, 34, was the first Minneapolis park police officer to die in the line of duty since the agency's inception in 1883, said park police officer Ron Reier.

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