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Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 25, 2015
Officers, Subject Identified in Columbia Heights Officer Involved Shooting

​ST. PAUL — Two officers who fired their weapons during an officer involved shooting incident early Tuesday morning in Columbia Heights have been identified.

  • Sgt. Erik Johnston, 13 years with Columbia Heights Police Department
  • Officer Shawn Murphy, 1 year with the Fridley Police Department

Both are on standard administrative leave.

In addition, the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the deceased subject as Michael Gerald Ray Kirvelay, 45, of Montrose. Kirvelay died of multiple gunshot wounds.

The Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating the incident at the request of the Columbia Heights and Fridley police departments with assistance from the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.

Shortly after 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, two Columbia Heights Police Department officers responded to a 9-1-1 call of a person with a gun at a business on the 700 block of 40th Avenue NE in Columbia Heights.

According to initial reports, when officers arrived, they encountered the subject, now identified as Kirvelay, in a hallway inside the main entrance to the building. At one point, Mr. Kirvelay produced a weapon and was threatening individuals with it. The officers called for assistance and additional officers from Columbia Heights and Fridley police departments arrived. Mr. Kirvelay refused officers’ repeated calls to show his hands and at one point officers fired, striking the subject.

Emergency response personnel declared Mr. Kirvelay deceased at the scene. No other persons at the scene were injured.

The BCA’s investigation into the incident is ongoing. BCA crime scene personnel collected evidence at the scene, including body camera footage.

When the BCA’s investigation is complete, the BCA will turn its findings over to the Anoka County Attorney’s Office for review.

 

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