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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2016
BCA Releases Names of Officers in Burnsville Officer Involved Shooting Incident
BCA Asks Witnesses to Come Forward

​​ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating an officer involved shooting incident which happened early Thursday morning in Burnsville.

At about 6:15 a.m. on Thursday, five Burnsville Police Department officers responded to a 9-1-1 call of a disturbance in the parking lot of the McDonald’s restaurant on the corner of Washburn Avenue and Highway 13 in Burnsville. They encountered an individual brandishing a weapon. At one point during the encounter officers fired their weapons, fatally striking the individual.

Initial interviews have been completed with the five Burnsville Police Department officers.

  • Sergeant Patrick Gast, 13 years with the department
  • Officer Taylor Jacobs, four years
  • Officer John Mott, eight years
  • Officer LynRae Tonne, 17 years
  • Sergeant Maksim Yakovlev, 16 years

All five are on standard administrative leave.

The deceased individual was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office for formal identification and autopsy. The Medical Examiner will release information about that individual once the autopsy and family notification is complete.

The BCA encourages anyone who witnessed this incident or who has any other information to contact the BCA at 651-793-7000.

This remains an active investigation as the BCA collects and reviews evidence and conducts interviews with witnesses. Once the BCA’s investigation is complete, the BCA will turn its findings over to the Dakota County Attorney’s Office for review.

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