The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) today identified the New Brighton man shot Tuesday during a struggle that occurred as law enforcement attempted to execute a narcotics search warrant at his home. Matthew Lloyd Vanhofwegen, 45, of 1501 20th Ave NW in New Brighton is being treated at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) for multiple gunshot wounds.
According to the preliminary investigation, when members of the Ramsey County Violent Crime Enforcement Team (VCET) arrived at the home around 2 p.m. to execute a search warrant, they saw Vanhofwegen in his front yard. He entered the home shortly thereafter. When Vanhofwegen did not respond to repeated door knocks, officers announced that they were there to serve a warrant and then forced the door open. Officers encountered Vanhofwegen in a front hall, where he allegedly grabbed the barrel of Maplewood Police Officer Joseph Steiner’s rifle. A struggle ensued and Officer Steiner shot Vanhofwegen. Officers on scene provided immediate medical attention to Vanhofwegen. He was transported shortly thereafter by ambulance to HCMC.
Officer Steiner was the only officer to fire his weapon during the incident. Steiner is an eight year veteran of the Maplewood Police Department. He has been placed on standard administrative leave.
The BCA is investigating the officer involved shooting incident. The narcotics warrant is separate from that investigation. BCA agents have completed initial interviews with the suspect, officers and witnesses and are continuing their investigation. Once complete, the BCA will present its findings to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office for review.
VCET is a multi-agency law enforcement task force comprised of officers from St. Paul, Roseville, Maplewood, White Bear Lake, and New Brighton police departments and deputies from the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office.
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Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Highlights
- The BCA Justice Information Services in 2012 processed 25,000+ complaints and 227,000+ citations in eCharging. Learn more about eCharging: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/bca/bca-divisions/mnjis/Documents/eCharging%20Fact%20Sheet%20May%202011.docx
- Law enforcement agencies in 2012 submitted 5,506 drug cases to the BCA for testing – more than ever before and 1,400 more than in 2011. For more information about the BCA drug chemistry section, go to: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/bca/bca-divisions/forensic-science/Pages/drug-chemistry.aspx
- The BCA Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in 2012 received more than 800 cyber tips and trained more than 500 law enforcement on internet crimes investigations. Learn more about ICAC: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/bca/bca-divisions/investigations/Pages/internet-crime-against-children.aspx