ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified three Minneapolis police officers who fired their weapons during an officer involved shooting incident on Monday, December 18. All are on standard administrative leave.
- Sergeant Gene Suker is a 20-year veteran with the Minneapolis Police Department.
- Officer Jerome Carey has been with the department for one year.
- Officer David Martinson has been with the department for eight years.
The BCA identified the subject earlier this week as Marcus Fischer, 18, of Minneapolis. Mr. Fischer continues to be treated by the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) while in the custody of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office on charges unrelated to the officer involved shooting investigation. The BCA is investigating the officer involved shooting incident at the request of the Minneapolis Police Department.
Investigators had just finished questioning Mr. Fischer in an interview room in the Minneapolis Police Department and stepped out to get Fischer a bottle of water. The Minneapolis Police Department is located within Minneapolis City Hall at 350 S. 5th Street.
According to the BCA’s preliminary investigation, shortly after investigators left the room, Mr. Fischer produced a large folding knife that he had concealed in his waistband and began severely injuring himself. When one of the investigators returned to the room several minutes later, he saw what Mr. Fischer was doing and shouted for help. For several minutes, several officers then attempted to convince Fischer to drop his knife and stop hurting himself.
When Fischer ignored their commands, Officer Martinson deployed his Taser but it was ineffective. Mr. Fischer continued to ignore officer commands and walked toward the officers with the knife, at which time Sergeant Suker and Officer Carey fired their handguns, striking Mr. Fischer. Mr. Fischer was taken by Ambulance to HCMC. No officers were injured. Several surveillance and body cameras captured the incident.
As it does in all investigations, once the investigation is complete the BCA will present its findings without recommendations to the county attorney for review. Due to a conflict of interest, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office has asked that the Washington County Attorney’s Office review the case.
The BCA’s investigation into the shooting is active and ongoing, and all information that is public at this time has been released. No further updates are planned until the BCA presents the case to the county attorney.