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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 12, 2014
Officers Identified in Eden Prairie Officer Involved Shooting

​The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) today identified the four officers involved in an officer involved shooting which took place on February 7 on Highway 212 near Dell Road in Eden Prairie.

  • Sergeant Brady Juell has been with the Chaska Police Department for 17 years.
  • Officer Trent Wurtz is a 14-year veteran of the Chaska Police Department.
  • Trooper Mark Lund has been with the Minnesota State Patrol for 14 years.
  • Corporal Nathan Mueller is a 9-year veteran of the Carver County Sheriff’s Department.

According to the preliminary investigation, the officers just after 7:30 a.m. on February 7 responded to reports of a vehicle driving erratically and at high speeds near Highway 212 and County Road 51 in Carver County. The same vehicle was also reported to have fled the scene of a rear-end crash on Highway 212 and County Road 43. Officers located the red Saab heading eastbound on Highway 212 and a pursuit ensued which was reported to have reached speeds of 80-90+ miles an hour. The vehicle had been reported stolen in Colorado in the days prior to the incident. The license plate on the vehicle had been reported stolen from a separate vehicle in Colorado.

The red Saab crashed just before 8 a.m. on Highway 212 near Dell Road in Eden Prairie. The driver and the passenger, later identified by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner as Matthew Vincent Serbus, 36, and Dawn Marie Pfister, 34, emerged from the vehicle. According to the preliminary investigation and officer statements, Serbus then produced a knife. Serbus ignored repeated commands from officers to drop the weapon. Officers then fired at Serbus. Pfister then took possession of the knife, at which time she was shot. Both were fatally injured. BCA personnel recovered a knife at the scene. The BCA is conducting laboratory tests and analysis of the evidence.

This remains an active and ongoing investigation. Once the investigation is complete, the BCA will present its findings to the Hennepin County Attorney for review. The BCA is investigating this incident at the request of the agencies involved and with assistance from the Eden Prairie Police Department.

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