MANKATO -- Mankato authorities say a robbery suspect is dead after he tried to escape in a raft and was killed in a shootout with police.

A clerk at a gas station says a man carrying a bag that appeared to contain a gun took beverages and dried meat and walked out Saturday.

The man then crossed U.S. Highway 169 on foot and headed toward the Minnesota River. That's where police found the suspect in a raft.

According to the City of Mankato, the suspect fired several times at officers and police returned fire. Authorities say the suspect died in the shooting, and his body was recovered from the river.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating.

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