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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 18, 2019
Officers Identified in Minneapolis Officer Involved Shooting

​ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the Minneapolis police officers who discharged their weapons during an officer involved shooting incident that happened on December 15. All are on standard administrative leave.

  • Sergeant Troy Carlson has been with the Minneapolis Police Department for 15 years. Sergeant Carlson discharged his firearm.
  • Officer Donnell Crayton has been with the department for 11 years. Officer Crayton discharged his firearm.
  • Officer Daniel Ledman has been with the department for 13 years. Officer Ledman discharged his firearm.
  • Officer Kyle Pond has been with the department for six years. Officer Pond discharged his firearm.
  • Officer Andrew Reed has been with the department for five years. Officer Reed discharged less lethal munitions.
  • Officer Travis Williams has been with the department for 13 years. Officer Williams discharged his firearm.
  • Officer Jason Wolff has been has been with the department for six years. Officer Wolff discharged his firearm.
  • Officer Aaron Womble has been with the department for five years. Officer Womble discharged his firearm.
  • Officer Toua Yang has been with the department for six years. Officer Yang discharged his firearm.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner on Tuesday identified the person who died as Chiasher Fong Vue, 52, of 3114 Thomas Avenue North in Minneapolis. Vue died of multiple gunshot wounds. The BCA is investigating the shooting incident at the request of the Minneapolis Police Department.

Officers responded to the Thomas Avenue home shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday following a 911 call about a man now identified as Vue carrying a knife and shooting a gun inside of the home. Several family members had escaped the home unharmed. One family member who remained inside the home was not injured during the incident but was taken to North Memorial Medical Hospital in Robbinsdale for evaluation of an unrelated condition.

Responding officers contacted Vue by phone and, speaking through an interpreter, attempted to convince him to exit the home. After appearing briefly at the front door, Vue went back inside and returned to the doorway with a rifle. At one point, Vue raised his rifle and began shooting. Officers returned fire, striking Vue. Officers and medical personnel staged nearby immediately began lifesaving efforts. Vue was transported to North Memorial Medical Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. No officers were injured during the incident.

Portions of the incident were captured on the officers’ body cameras. BCA crime scene personnel recovered a rifle from the location where Mr. Vue was shot.

The BCA investigation is ongoing. When the investigation is complete, the BCA will provide its findings without recommendation to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office for review.

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