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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2021
BCA Identifies Officers in Burnsville Officer Involved Shooting Incident

​​ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the officers who fired their weapons during an officer involved shooting incident on Sunday, April 18, in Burnsville. All are on standard administrative leave.

  • Sgt. Dan Anderson has been in law enforcement for 22 years. Sgt. Anderson fired his handgun.
  • Sgt. Brent Murray has been in law enforcement for 19 years. Sgt. Murray fired his rifle.
  • Officer Paul Oelrich (oel-rihk) has been in law enforcement for 19 years. Officer Oelrich fired his rifle.
  • Officer Chris Walswick has been in law enforcement for 19 years. Officer Walswick fired his handgun.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office earlier today identified the man who died during the incident as Bradley Michael Olsen, 30, of Dresser, Wisc. Olsen died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Recap of the incident

A Burnsville police officer attempted to pu​ll over a truck on Sunday at a​pproximately 2:44 p.m. for having stolen plates. A short time later the truck crashed into another vehicle at South Cross Drive and Buck Hill Road. The truck continued before becoming disabled at South Cross Drive and Burnhaven Drive. The truck’s driver, now identified as Olsen, fled the scene. He entered a restaurant on the 14000 block of Buck Hill Road, snatched a customer’s keys from their table and fled in their vehicle.

Officers spotted the stolen vehicle heading north on 35W and a pursuit began. During the pursuit Olsen shot at pursuing officers several times. 

Olsen took the Highway 13 east exit and at one point slowed the vehicle and jumped out. He ran from the entrance ramp onto Highway 13 and pointed a gun at an oncoming vehicle, whose driver then turned into the grass median to flee. As Olsen attempted to flee the area, officers on the entrance ramp discharged their firearms, striking Olsen. He was transported by ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis where he was pronounced deceased.

The BCA is not aware of any other people who were injured during the incident.

A female passenger who was in the truck with Olsen left the scene and was later taken into custody by Lakeville Police Department. She was interviewed by BCA agents and released.

The BCA will determine whether video from officer worn body cameras captured the incident. The Burnsville Police Department does not have dash cameras. Portions of the incident were captured on MNDOT traffic cameras.

This is an ongoing and active investigation. Once the investigation is complete, the BCA will provide its findings without recommendation to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office for review.

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