ST. PAUL — The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the officer who discharged his firearm during a use of deadly force incident last week in Minneapolis. Illya Kuznetsov has been a Minneapolis Police Officer for four months. He is on standard administrative leave.
Officers responded to the scene of a single vehicle crash on the 2700 block of Bloomington Avenue South in Minneapolis just after 6 p.m. on September 29. Witnesses told officers that the vehicle’s driver, identified last week as Douglas David Peake of Minneapolis, had exited the vehicle.
When officers attempted to engage Peake he fled on foot. Shortly after the foot pursuit began Mr. Peake produced a handgun. Officer Kuznetsov discharged his firearm, striking Peake. Peake continued to flee on foot and the officers lost sight of him. Law enforcement set up a perimeter and a short time later Mr. Peake was located hiding under a vehicle parked in driveway on the 2700 block of 16th Avenue South.
Mr. Peake did not discharge his gun during the pursuit. BCA crime scene personnel located a gun believed to have been discarded by Peake inside a trailered boat parked near the vehicle under which he was hiding.
There is no dash camera video of the incident, but portions of the incident were captured on body cameras.
Peake was treated for a gunshot wound at Hennepin Healthcare Hospital and released into BCA custody. Peake was charged on October 1 in Hennepin County District Court with being an ineligible person in possession of a firearm. He is currently in the Hennepin County Jail.
The BCA investigation of the officer involved shooting is ongoing. When the investigation is complete, the BCA will present its findings without recommendation to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office for review.