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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 19, 2017
Deputies and Subject Identified in Vadnais Heights Officer Involved Shooting

ST. PAUL — The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified a man killed during an officer-involved shooting incident that happened on April 16 in Vadnais Heights. Darren Robert Jahnke, 47, no permanent address, died of a gunshot wound.

Also, four Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office deputies involved in the incident have been identified.

  • Lisa Daly has been a deputy with the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office for 25 years
  • Doug Haider has been with the department for 11 years
  • Sara Naglosky, 4 months
  • Andre Rongitsch, 12 years

All four deputies remain on standard administrative leave.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating the incident at the request of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies Naglosky and Rongitsch were on routine patrol near Highway 61 and I-694 in Vadnais Heights on Sunday around 9:30 p.m. when they located an RV and car parked on the east side of the street at 3250 Fanum Road.

According to the BCA’s preliminary investigation, the two deputies approached the car and a woman inside told them that a male, identified by the medical examiner as Jahnke, was inside the RV. As the deputies approached the RV from either side, deputies Haider and Daly arrived. The deputies located Jahnke sitting in the driver compartment of the vehicle.

After attempting to speak with Jahnke through the driver compartment, the four deputies entered the RV. While trying to identify Jahnke, a struggle ensued during which two deputies deployed their Tasers, but the Tasers were ineffective. At that point in the struggle, Jahnke disarmed one of the deputies. Deputy Rongitsch then fired his weapon, striking Jahnke. The four deputies immediately rendered first aid and requested an ambulance.

Mr. Jahnke was taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where he later died. No deputies were injured.

Deputies were not wearing body cameras. Investigators are reviewing squad video captured at the scene. The woman in the car was interviewed by BCA agents and released.

This remains an active and ongoing investigation. When the investigation is complete, the BCA will turn its findings over to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office for review.

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