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NEWS RELEASE

Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
CONTACT:
Jill Oliveira  651-793-2726
jill.oliveira@state.mn.us
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 26, 2018
Stillwater Officer Involved Shooting Update

​The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the officers who discharged their weapons during an officer involved shooting incident on Wednesday, Nov. 21 in Stillwater.

  • Officer Hunter Julien, who has been with the Stillwater Police Department for five years, discharged his firearm.
  • Officer Laura McBroom, who has been with Stillwater Police Department for one year, discharged her Taser.
  • Officer Brian Tennessen, who has been with Oak Park Heights Police Department for two years, discharged his Taser.
  • Officer Brittany Lepowsky, who has been with Bayport Police Department for two years, discharged her Taser.

All are on standard administrative leave.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner has identified the individual who was shot by law enforcement as Keaton James Larson, 22, of 1212 4th Street South in Stillwater.  Larson died of a single gunshot wound.

Officers responded to a 911 call involving a suicidal adult male at 1212 4th Street South at around 1 a.m. They met Larson at the door of the residence. Larson came out of the residence and went into the street. Officers deployed Tasers three times, but they were ineffective. During the encounter, Larson was shot. Officers on the scene immediately began rendering medical aid. Larson was transported to Lakeview Hospital and later pronounced deceased.

BCA crime scene personnel recovered a large kitchen knife and a razor blade at the scene.  Body camera and dashcam video captured the incident and is being reviewed by the BCA.

A news release was issued by the Stillwater Police Department about the incident earlier today.

The BCA is conducting the investigation at the request of the Stillwater Police Department. When complete, the BCA will turn its findings over to the Washington County Attorney’s Office for review.

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