ST. PAUL —The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating an officer involved shooting incident that happened this morning in Chanhassen. The BCA is conducting the investigation and releasing information about the incident at the request of the Carver County Sherriff’s Office.
Carver County deputies were called to a home in the 6400 block of Oriole Ave. following a 911 call at about 10 a.m. from a woman reporting her son was suicidal and was threatening her with knives and a baseball bat.
Deputies arrived and encountered a 16-year-old male and deployed a Taser. At one point during the encounter, two Carver County deputies fired their weapons, striking the individual. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
One deputy was transported to 212 Medical Center in Chaska for non-life-threatening injuries. He was treated and released.
The BCA is in the process of gathering evidence and determining the facts of the incident. BCA agents are conducting interviews with witnesses and incident participants. Body cameras and dash cam video may have captured portions of the incident.
The BCA will release additional details, including the names of the officers who discharged their weapons, once both of the officers have provided interviews. Both officers are on standard administrative leave.
The Midwest Regional Medical Examiner’s Office will release the identity of the deceased individual as well as a cause and manner of death once an autopsy is completed.
Responding agencies included the Carver County Sherriff’s Office, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, South Lake Minnetonka Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol and Minnetrista Police Department.
The BCA’s investigation into the officer involved shooting is ongoing. The BCA will conduct a thorough investigation and gather all of the evidence and then turn its findings over without recommendation to the Carver County Attorney’s Office for review.
BCA Investigations of Officer Involved Incidents
BCA agents conduct thorough, independent investigations of conflict incidents, including officer involved shootings, at the request of the local agency. The BCA conducts these investigations, at the request of local law enforcement agencies, if the case(s) meet the criteria necessary to require an outside, independent review under the state’s standard protocols.
Like other BCA investigations, an investigation into an officer involved incident will take as long as is needed to get a complete understanding of the events that transpired. These investigations can include:
- Processing scenes.
- Interviewing witnesses, including officers.
- Collecting and analyzing evidence.
Once all the information is gathered, the BCA completes a report on all of the facts in the case. The BCA then turns its findings over to a county attorney for a complete review and possible charges.
Under Minnesota law, the BCA is not allowed to discuss active investigations. Once the investigation is inactive, most data is public. (See Minnesota Statutes, section 13.82 subd. 7 for more information).