ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating an officer involved shooting incident that took place on Sunday in Willmar, Minn. The BCA is conducting the investigation at the request of the Willmar Police Department.
Two Willmar police officers responded to a 911 call around 5:30 p.m. Sunday about a suicidal male at a home on the 400 block of 11th Street NW in Willmar. When the two officers arrived, they encountered the male subject in the backyard of the property holding a gun.
At one point during the encounter, both officers fired their weapons, injuring the subject. Officers and EMTs treated him at the scene. He was taken by ambulance to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar and then by medical helicopter to St. Cloud Hospital. No other persons were injured during the incident.
Both officers are on standard administrative leave. The police department does not use body cameras. Their squad camera did not capture the incident.
BCA agents and crime scene personnel are in the very early stages of this investigation. The BCA will release additional information about the incident once initial interviews with the subject, officers, and any witnesses are complete.
The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota State Patrol provided assistance at the scene. When the investigation is complete, the BCA will turns its findings over to the Kandiyohi County Attorney’s Office for review.
The BCA conducts officer involved shooting investigations the same way it does other conflict investigations. BCA agents interview witnesses and the people involved in the incident; collect, analyze and review evidence; and conduct follow-up interviews as needed to ultimately find all of the facts of a case.
The agency involved in the incident has no input regarding the investigative direction of the case. As an independent fact finder, the BCA does not decide or determine the outcome of a case. As it does in all investigations, the BCA will present its findings without recommendations to a county attorney for review.