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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 08, 2019
BCA Investigating Minneapolis Officer Involved Shooting

​ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the officer who fired his weapon during an officer involved shooting incident on Friday. Officer Jason Wolff has been a police officer for seven years. Officer Wolff is on standard administrative leave.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has identified the man who died during the incident as Mario Philip Benjamin, 32, no permanent address. Mr. Benjamin died of multiple gunshot wounds.

The woman shot and injured allegedly by Benjamin prior to the officer involved shooting remains hospitalized at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.

At approximately 2:50 a.m. on Friday, August 2, Minneapolis police officers were responding to two Shot Spotter activations on the 1100 block of 25th Ave. N. in Minneapolis when the Minneapolis Police Department received multiple 911 calls about a shooting. One reported that a woman had been shot on the 2400 block of Emerson Ave. N.

Officers located the woman lying on the street and suffering from at least one gunshot wound. A man, now identified as Mr. Benjamin, was kneeling next to her.

At one point during the encounter with Mr. Benjamin, Officer Wolff discharged his weapon, striking him. Officers provided medical aid but Mr. Benjamin was pronounced deceased at the scene. BCA crime scene personnel recovered a gun from near Mr. Benjamin’s body. Body cameras captured video of the incident.

The woman was treated at the scene and then transported by ambulance to North Memorial Medical Center.

Benjamin and the female shooting victim were in a relationship. There were four juvenile witnesses to both shootings. Two are children of the woman and Mr. Benjamin; the other two are the woman’s children.

The BCA investigation of the officer involved shooting incident is active and ongoing. When the investigation is complete, the BCA will turn its findings over without recommendation to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office for review.

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