ST. PAUL — The two officers involved in a shooting Thursday in the city of Ramsey have been identified. Officer Jerad Dixon is a nine-year veteran of the Ramsey Police Department. Officer Richard Webb has been with the department for seven years. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating the shooting at the request of the Ramsey Police Department.
Officer Dixon on Thursday around 3 p.m. responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot near a day care facility at 6139 157th Lane NW in Ramsey. According to the preliminary investigation, Dixon approached the vehicle, and after speaking with the three occupants asked one of the passengers to exit the vehicle. Officer Webb then arrived on the scene. The man then fled on foot across the parking lot. The officers pursued him for approximately 75 feet, at which time he turned and pointed a handgun at them. Both officers fired, striking the man. He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids where he was pronounced dead. His body has been taken to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy and formal identification.
Preliminary interviews have been completed with the two officers and two witnesses who were in the vehicle. BCA crime scene personnel have finished collecting evidence at the scene and forensic analysis of the evidence is underway. Additional details about the circumstances of the incident are part of the ongoing investigation.
The BCA is conducting its investigation with cooperation from the Ramsey Police Department and with assistance from the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office. Once the investigation is complete, the BCA will turn its findings over to the Anoka County Attorney’s Office for review.
UPDATE - The Midwest Medical Examiner has identified the man who was killed during an officer involved shooting incident Thursday in the city of Ramsey. The family has now been notified that Chaz Michael Havenor, 21, last known address in Marenisco, Michigan, died as a result of gunshot wounds.
Two individuals who were questioned as witnesses and who were in the vehicle with Havenor when law enforcement approached the vehicle are identified as Jared Lee Overton of Gilbert and Levi Jean Jacobson, no permanent address. Overton and Jacobson were not arrested and are not expected to be charged in this incident.