ST. PAUL — Law enforcement personnel involved in a November 1 officer involved shooting incident in Hutchinson have been identified.
- Officer Jacob Willers was wounded during the incident. He has been with Hutchinson Police Services since October 12, 2015.
- Deputy Matthew Wyatt fired his weapon during the incident. He has been with the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office since 2013.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating the incident at the request of the Hutchinson Police Department.
According to the preliminary investigation, on Sunday, November 1 at approximately 4:13 p.m., officers with Hutchinson Police Services, McLeod County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Minnesota State Troopers responded to a 911 call about a verbal disturbance involving an individual in the upper level of a duplex at 523-525 Harmony Lane SW in Hutchinson. The caller reported that the subject may have a gun.
Law enforcement negotiated with the subject through an upper level window. The subject was identified earlier this week as Luverne Roy Christensen, 49, last address unknown. After about an hour, Christensen came down into the front entry of the duplex but ignored officers repeated requests to show his hands and then retreated back into the vestibule.
Officers then entered the building and an altercation ensued during which Christensen produced a handgun and fired once, striking Officer Willers. Deputy Wyatt returned fire, striking Christensen.
Two ambulances were called to the scene. Officer Willers was taken to Hutchinson Health hospital. He was later airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center and treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Officer Willers has since been released from the hospital and is on medical leave.
Christensen was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel. He was taken to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy. The preliminary autopsy determined Christensen died of a gunshot wound.
Several additional law enforcement personnel from Hutchinson Police Services, the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota State Patrol responded to the scene but were not injured and did not fire their weapons.
The BCA’s investigation into this incident is ongoing. When the investigation is complete, the BCA will turn its findings over to the McLeod County Attorney’s Office for review.