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Bonney Bowman  651-793-1128
August 03, 2023
BCA Names State Troopers Involved in Deadly Force Incident

ST. PAUL – The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the identity of the man a Minnesota State Patrol trooper shot and killed on July 31. According to the medical examiner, Ricky Cobb II, 33, of St. Cloud died from multiple gunshot wounds.

As part of its ongoing investigation, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the Minnesota State Patrol trooper who shot Cobb II.  

  • Ryan Londregan fired his department handgun. He has about a year-and-a-half of law enforcement experience.

Londregan and Trooper Brett Seide both suffered minor injuries during the incident. Seide has two years of law enforcement experience and did not use force. The third trooper who responded is Garrett Erickson. He has about three years of law enforcement experience. He did not use force and was not injured. All three troopers are on standard administrative leave.

According to the preliminary investigation, on July 31 at about 1:50 a.m., Seide saw a car drive past him on Interstate 94 without rear lights on. When he pulled the car over, Seide learned the driver, identified as Cobb II, was wanted on probable cause arrest for a felony order-for-protection violation issued by Ramsey County. As Seide was gathering this information, Londregan and Erickson pulled up to assist.

As seen in the dash camera and body-worn camera video released Aug. 1 to the public, the three troopers approached Cobb II's car. They asked him to get out of his car, then attempted to physically remove him because he refused to exit. Londregan fired his handgun during that attempt, striking Cobb II. Londregan and Seide were knocked down as Cobb II pulled away.

The three troopers went back to their vehicles and followed Cobb II about a quarter-mile down the interstate. When they caught up to him, Cobb II's vehicle was slowing to a stop against the interior divider. The troopers attempted life-saving care, but Cobb II died at the scene. Londregan and Seide went to the hospital and were treated and released.

BCA crime scene personnel recovered Cobb II's car and two State Patrol squad cars from the scene. While processing Cobb II's car, they found two cartridge casings, a cell phone and handgun, which was on the floor behind the center console in the back of Cobb's vehicle. At no point on available video is Cobb II seen holding the gun. BCA agents are gathering and reviewing all available video, including the squad and body-worn camera video from all responding agencies, and Minnesota Department of Transportation traffic camera video. Anyone who witnessed or has video of the incident is asked to contact the BCA by calling 877-996-6222.

The Minnesota State Patrol asked the BCA to investigate this incident. The BCA was in early contact with the Hennepin County Attorney's Office and will continue to consult with the county attorney throughout the investigation. Once the investigation is complete, the BCA will present its findings without a charging recommendation to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office for review.


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