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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19, 2021
Update on BCA Investigation of Officer Involved Shooting in Coon Rapids

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the man injured during an officer involved shooting on March 15 in Coon Rapids. Bryce Kelly Matthews, 26, of Coon Rapids, remains in serious but stable condition at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Coon Rapids Police Department has identified to the BCA the officers who fired their weapons during the incident. All are on administrative leave.

  • Officer Derek Berggran, three years in law enforcement, discharged his firearm.
  • Officer Stephen Beberg, 28 years in law enforcement, discharged his firearm.
  • Sgt. Micheal Blair, 19 years in law enforcement, fired beanbag rounds with a less lethal shotgun.
  • Sgt. Adam Jacobson, 15 years in law enforcement, fired beanbag rounds with a less lethal shotgun.

Sergeants Blair and Jacobson ​have been interviewed by BCA agents. Officers Berggran and Beberg provided written statements.

According to the BCA’s preliminary investigation, Coon Rapids police officers were responding to a 911 call about a man with mental health issues who had a gun in his waistband. Officers spotted the man, now identified as Bryce Matthews, behind his home, and at one point struck him with beanbag rounds. Matthews walked away from officers and through the neighborhood, during which time officers continued to engage with him and again fired beanbag rounds. Anoka County sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene. At one point two officers discharged their firearms, striking Matthews, then additional beanbag rounds were fired, also striking Matthews.

Paramedics treated Matthews at the scene and then transported him to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. He was later transferred to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

BCA crime scene personnel recovered a Sig Sauer P320-M17 pellet gun at the scene. No other weapons were recovered.

Portions of the incident were captured on dash cameras and portions were captured on body cameras worn by Anoka County sheriff’s deputies. Coon Rapids officers do not wear body cameras. No other agencies were at the scene at the time of the shooting.

The BCA investigation of the incident is ongoing. When the investigation is complete, the BCA will provide its findings to the Anoka County Attorney’s Office for review.

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