(WCCO) A State Patrol squad car struck and killed a motorcyclist at Highway 55 and Theo Wirth Parkway in Golden Valley, Minn., the State Patrol confirmed.
The accident happened just before 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Trooper Scott Mittelstadt was heading southbound on Wirth Parkway and turned left to eastbound Highway 55 when the crash occurred, the State Patrol said. He was not in pursuit or in an emergency mode.
The victim, 41-year-old Paul Martin Shusta of Hopkins, Minn., was pronounced dead at the scene, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office said. Authorities said he was not wearing a helmet.
"Every traffic death is a tragedy, and when a trooper is involved it strikes at the core of our organization," State Patrol Maj. Kent O'Grady said in a prepared statement. "Today, tragedy struck three families -- the motorcyclist's, the trooper's and the State Patrol family as a whole."
Mittelstadt, who is 26, was placed on paid administrative leave in accordance with department policy. He has been with the State Patrol since March 2004.
The State Patrol and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office are investigating the crash.
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