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December 17, 2021
BCA Investigating Officer Involved Shooting in Willmar
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​UPDATE: Dec. 20, 2021

The BCA has identified the two Willmar Police Department officers who discharged their weapons during an officer involved shooting incident that injured a man in Willmar on Dec. 16.

Sergeant Ross Livingood has been in law enforcement for 15 years. Sgt. Livingood discharged his firearm. He is on standard administrative leave.

Officer Joseph Schaefbauer has been in law enforcement for three years. Officer Joseph Schaefbauer discharged his Taser.

The man injured during the incident, August LaFeen, 56, of Willmar, was charged Friday​ in Kandiyohi County District Court with six felony counts of terroristic threats.

​When the investigation of the officers’ use of force is complete, the BCA will provide its findings without recommendation to the Kandiyohi County Attorney’s Office for review.

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ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating an officer involved shooting incident that happened on Thursday, Dec. 16 in Willmar. No one was seriously injured during the incident.

Willmar police officers responded to a 911 call shortly after 4:30 p.m. Thursday of an armed man in an apartment complex at 400 15th Avenue SW who was threatening to kill a probation officer.

Officers located the man inside the building and at one point one officer discharged his firearm and another officer discharged his Taser. The man sustained a minor gunshot injury to a hand.

The man was taken to Carris Health – Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar where he was treated and then released into police custody. The man has been booked into the Kandiyohi County Jail and charges are expected in the coming days.

Portions of the incident were captured on body worn cameras. No one else was injured during the incident.

BCA crime scene personnel recovered a replica gun at the scene.

The BCA’s investigation of the incident is ongoing. More information will be released, including the names of those involved, as the BCA investigation progresses.
When the investigation is complete, the BCA will present its findings without recommendation to the Kandiyohi County Attorney’s Office for review.

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