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Woodbury Man Charged with Felony Possession of Child Pornography11027/23/2021 8:00:00 PM<div>​​ST. PAUL — A Woodbury man has been charged with eight counts of possessing child pornography following an investigation by the Minnesota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension leads the task force created to investigate and prosecute those who would exploit children on the Internet.<br></div><div><br></div><div>The investigation began in May when ICAC investigators received several tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that appeared to be associated with one person using a Google account to store images of child pornography. ICAC agents identified William Glenn Pinckney, 34, of Woodbury, as the account holder.<br></div><div><br></div><div>ICAC agents executed a search warrant on July 22 and seized several electronic devices at Pinckney’s residence that were found to have hundreds of files of child pornography. Each file depicts a different child victim.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Pinckney was charged in Washington County District Court with eight felonies for possession of child pornography. The criminal complaint is <a href="/Documents/ComplaintSummary%20Pinckney.pdf">available here</a>.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>About the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force</strong></div><div>The <a href="/divisions/bca/bca-divisions/investigations/Pages/internet-crime-against-children.aspx">Minnesota Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force</a> works with law enforcement agencies throughout Minnesota to investigate and prosecute those who exploit children on the Internet. The ICAC Task Force also works to educate parents and children about potential online risks.</div><div><br></div><div>Report suspicious online conduct involving children to the <a href="https&#58;//www.missingkids.org/home">National Center for Missing and Exploited Children ​</a>(NCMEC) <a href="https&#58;//www.missingkids.org/gethelpnow/cybertipline">CyberTipline​</a> or call 1-800-THE-LOST, (800) 843-5678.&#160;<br></div><div><br></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;">###</div><div><br><br></div><p><br></p>7/23/2021 7:31:54 PMA Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications CONTACT: Bruce Godon  651-201-7171 Bruce.Gordon@state.mn.us 261https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
Unauthorized Data Access Found at North Mankato, Fairfax Deputy Registrar Offices24757/21/2021 4:00:00 PM<p>​<span style="font-size&#58;1em;">​​ST. PAUL — Five current employees at two deputy registrar offices have permanently lost access to driver and vehicle data as a result of audits conducted by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services Division (DPS-DVS).</span></p><div><strong>Fairfax Deputy Registrar office</strong></div><div>DPS-DVS became aware of an employee of the Fairfax Deputy Registrar office using another employee’s access credentials, which is not allowed under the law. This triggered an audit by DPS-DVS and auditors found seven instances where the two users accessed DVS data without a lawful business purpose. As a result, their access to DVS data has been permanently revoked, as required by law.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Because the two individuals are the only employees of the Fairfax Deputy Registrar, the office will need to close until other individuals can be hired, trained and authorized to access DPS-DVS data.<br></div><div><br></div><div>The Fairfax Deputy Registrar office is privately owned and operated. In addition to vehicle title and registration services, the office is also a limited driver’s license agent.<br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>North Mankato Deputy Registrar office</strong></div><div>Three of the five employees of the North Mankato Deputy Registrar office have permanently lost access to driver and vehicle data after it was found that the individuals accessed several driver’s license and motor vehicle records without a lawful business purpose.<br></div><div><br></div><div>A self-search by an employee at the North Mankato office on May 4 triggered the audit by DPS-DVS. It is unlawful for a person with access to DPS-DVS data to perform a search on themselves or anyone else without a lawful business purpose. DPS-DVS suspended the user on May 28.</div><div><br></div><div>Additional DPS-DVS auditing found four users in the office accessed DPS-DVS data without a lawful business purpose. Three of the four individuals are current employees, while the fourth is no longer an employee of the privately owned office. The revocations leave two employees at the North Mankato office with access to DPS-DVS data.</div><div>It is not clear how this action will affect services provided by the North Mankato deputy registrar office. North Mankato Deputy Registrar office is privately owned and operated. In addition to vehicle title and registration services, the office is also a limited driver’s license agent.<br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>Minnesota law requires permanent revocation</strong></div><div>Minnesota law requires DPS-DVS to “immediately and permanently revoke the authorization of any individual who entered, updated, accessed, shared or disseminated data in violation of state or federal law.” (Minnesota Statutes section 171.12).<br></div><div><br></div><div>While the law says access must be revoked &quot;immediately and permanently,&quot; it does not state whether or not the person should be reassigned or their employment terminated. That is the decision of the employer. However, if a person needs to access the DPS-DVS data as a part of their assigned job duties they will no longer be able to perform that part of their job.</div><div><br></div><div>In addition, the law requires DPS-DVS to forward the matter to the appropriate prosecuting authority for prosecution when an “individual willfully gained access to data without authorization by law.” Information about the misuse found at both offices was forwarded to the respective county attorneys for review of possible criminal charges.<br></div><div><br></div><div>DPS-DVS has taken action in several cases since the law went into effect in October of 2018. A total of 51 people, including employees at private companies and state employees, have been permanently revoked from having access to DPS-DVS data.<br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>Communication to authorized users</strong></div><div>DPS-DVS sends a quarterly reminder to everyone with access to DPS-DVS data. Users are also required to complete an individual records access agreement and annually attest to the policy concerning the security and confidentiality of DPS-DVS data and records. Users are reminded penalties apply to any user with access to DPS-DVS data, not just state employees. Anyone who misuses access to DPS-DVS information will permanently lose their access to DVS data. There is no opportunity for a person to regain their access once it is terminated.<br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>Service impact</strong></div><div>It is not clear how this action will affect services provided by the North Mankato deputy registrar office. The Fairfax Deputy Registrar office will need to close until other individuals can be hired, trained and authorized to access DPS-DVS data.<br></div><div><br></div><div>The offices offer the following services&#58;</div><div><ul><li>Driver’s License&#58; First time applications, duplicate, and renewal (standard, REAL-ID, EDL)</li><li>Vehicles&#58; Registration, title transaction, same say duplicate titles.</li><li>Expedited Services offered for vehicle title and driver’s license applications</li><li>Disability Parking Certifications</li><li>International Fuel Tax and International Registration Plan services for interstate motor carriers</li><li>DNR registration (boat, snowmobile)</li><li>Fish and Game Licenses</li></ul></div><div>Offices closest to the North Mankato Deputy Registrar offering similar services include&#58;</div><div><ul><li>Mankato</li><li>New Ulm</li><li>Saint Peter</li><li>Waseca</li><li>Le Center</li></ul></div><div>Offices closest to Fairfax Deputy Registrar offering similar services include&#58;</div><div><ul><li>Sleepy Eye</li><li>New Ulm</li><li>Redwood Falls</li><li>Olivia</li><li>Springfield</li><li>Gaylord</li></ul></div><div>More information about DPS-DVS locations and services is available at <a href="https&#58;//drive.mn.gov/">drive.mn.gov​</a>.&#160;<br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>About the Minnesota Department Public Safety&#160;</strong></div><div>The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) comprises 11 divisions where 2,200 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles&#58; education, enforcement and prevention.<br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>About Driver and Vehicle Services&#160;</strong></div><div>The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DVS) is responsible for driver testing, driver licensing and maintenance of driver records; driver evaluation and compliance; motor vehicle title and registration; commercial vehicle registration; motor vehicle dealer licensing and regulation; and enforcement of no-fault insurance requirements.<br></div><div><br></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><strong>###</strong></div><div><br><br></div><p><br><br></p>7/21/2021 5:38:47 PMA Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications CONTACT: Doug Neville  651-201-7562 It is unlawful for a person 569https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
Death Investigation Underway in Cook County9987/19/2021 9:00:00 PM<p>​ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), with assistance from with several additional agencies, is investigating the death of a man whose remains were located in Lake Superior off the shore of the Cook County city of Grand Portage.&#160;</p><p>The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the deceased as Richard Anthony Balsimo, 34, of Saint Paul. The medical examiner said Mr. Balsimo died of homicidal violence. Additional details about his cause of death are pending further investigation. Mr. Balsimo was last seen in St. Paul on June 20. Investigators working with dive teams located his remains in Lake Superior on July 15 and 16.<br></p><p>The Cook County Attorney’s Office on July 16 charged Robert Thomas West of Duluth with one count Aiding an Offender and one count Interference with a Dead Body for his role in the incident. Additional charges are anticipated.&#160;<br></p><p>This is an active and ongoing investigation, but based on what is known at this time, investigators do not believe there is an ongoing threat to public safety.&#160;<br></p><p>The BCA is assisted with its investigation by the following agencies&#58;<br></p><ul><li>Cook County Attorney’s Office</li><li><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">Cook County Sheriff’s Office</span></li><li><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (Wisc.)</span></li><li><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">Minnesota Attorney General’s Office​</span></li><li><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office</span></li><li><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">St. Paul Police Department</span></li><li><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">Superior Police Department (Wisc.)</span></li></ul><p><span style="font-size&#58;1em;"></span></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;1em;"></span></p><p>Additional information will be available as the investigation progresses.<br></p><p style="text-align&#58;center;">###<br></p><div><br>​<br></div><p><br></p>7/19/2021 8:34:53 PMA Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications CONTACT: Jill Oliveira  651-793-2726 557https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
Search Continues for Suspect in Pennington County Homicide9877/13/2021 9:00:00 PM<p>​ST. PAUL — Investigators from more than a dozen local, state and federal law enforcement agencies continue to search for Eric James Reinbold, the primary suspect in the July 9 murder of his wife, Lissette Reinbold, 34, of Oklee, Minn. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Lissette Reinbold died of homicidal violence. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are leading the investigation of her death.<br></p><p>Eric Reinbold, 44, is 5’7,” 175 pounds and is balding with sandy brown hair. Investigators believe he fled on foot but may have obtained a vehicle. Investigators are asking people in Pennington and surrounding counties to check their properties for any missing vehicles or signs that someone has been on their property or in their outbuildings.</p><p>Reinbold should be considered armed and dangerous. If you see him, do not approach. Anyone with information on Reinbold’s whereabouts is urged to call 911, the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office at 218-681-6161 or the U.S. Marshals at 1-877-WANTED.</p><p>Reinbold is also being sought for violating the terms of his release from federal prison. A reward of up to $10,000 is offered for information leading to his arrest.</p><p>Here are two images of Reinbold&#58;</p><ul><li><a href="https&#58;//lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDEsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMTA3MTMuNDMxNzAzMjEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL2NvbnRlbnQuZ292ZGVsaXZlcnkuY29tL2F0dGFjaG1lbnRzL01ORFBTLzIwMjEvMDcvMTMvZmlsZV9hdHRhY2htZW50cy8xODc4NDUyL1JlaW5ib2xkMS5qcGcifQ.GSZyZr_u3e3tMvq7oUe_FueRsyiFiM5ETU_5uLdue7c/s/638866381/br/109265630991-l" style="font-size&#58;1em;">Reinbold1</a></li><li><a href="https&#58;//lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDIsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMTA3MTMuNDMxNzAzMjEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL2NvbnRlbnQuZ292ZGVsaXZlcnkuY29tL2F0dGFjaG1lbnRzL01ORFBTLzIwMjEvMDcvMTMvZmlsZV9hdHRhY2htZW50cy8xODc4NDUzL1JlaW5ib2xkMi5qcGcifQ.jlgnwwtSzXl-Hadi6pehhfj9r0-yHhfTn8JiACwoVOE/s/638866381/br/109265630991-l" style="font-size&#58;1em;">Reinbold2</a>​</li></ul><p><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and BCA are assisted in the investigation by&#58;</span><br></p><div><span style="font-size&#58;1em;"><br></span></div><div><ul><li>Becker County Sheriff’s Office</li><li>Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives</li><li>FBI</li><li>Koochiching County Sheriff’s Office</li><li>Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Office</li><li>Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Enforcement</li><li>Minnesota State Patrol</li><li>Mississippi Headwaters Task Force</li><li>Pine-To-Prairie Task Force</li><li>Polk County Sheriff’s Office</li><li>Red Lake County Sheriff’s Office</li><li>St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office</li><li>Thief River Falls Police Department</li><li>U.S. Customs and Border Protection</li><li>U.S. Marshals Service</li></ul></div><div><br></div><div>###</div><div><br><br></div><p><br></p>7/16/2021 8:30:32 PMA Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications CONTACT: Jill Oliveira  651-793-2726 If you see him, do not 65https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
Update on BCA Investigation of Officer Involved Shooting in Moorhead13867/7/2021 10:00:00 PM<p>​<span style="font-size&#58;1em;">​ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the officer who discharged his firearm during an officer involved shooting incident on July 4 in Moorhead. No one was struck by gunfire or otherwise injured during the incident.</span></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">Officer Andrew Werk has been in law enforcement for five years. Officer Werk remains on standard administrative leave.</span><br></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">The man arrested during the incident has also been identified. Isiah Richard Hopkins, 23, of Moorhead, was taken into custody without incident. He remains in the Clay County Jail on an unrelated warrant.</span><br></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">Portions of the incident were captured on body camera and dash camera video.</span><br></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">The BCA investigation of the officer’s use of force is ongoing. Once its investigation is complete, the BCA will present its findings without recommendation to the Clay County Attorney’s Office for review.</span>​<br></p><p style="text-align&#58;center;"><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">###</span></p><div><br><br></div><p><br></p>7/7/2021 9:53:43 PMA Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications CONTACT: Jill Oliveira  651-793-2726 121https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
Update on BCA Investigation of Officer Involved Shooting in Olivia6427/7/2021 2:00:00 AM<p>​<span style="font-size&#58;1em;">​ST. PAUL -- The Mid</span><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">west Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man who died during an officer involved shooting incident on July 4 in the Renville County city of Olivia. The medical examiner said Ricardo Torres, Jr., 32, of Olivia, died of multiple gunshot wounds.</span></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">T</span><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">he name of the Olivia Police Department officer who discharged his firearm also has been released. Officer Aaron Clouse has been in law enforcement for 11 years. Officer Clouse remains on standard administrative leave.</span></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">T</span><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">he Minnesota Depa</span><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">rtment of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating the incident, which occurred at approximately 2&#58;20 a.m. July 4 in the alley behind 821 East Lincoln Avenue in Olivia</span><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">.</span></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">Torres was taken by ambulance to Olivia Hosp</span><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">ital where he died. BCA crime scene personnel recovered a shotgun from near where Torres was shot.&#160; &#160;&#160;</span></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">Olivia Police Department does not use body cameras and there is no dash camera or other known video of the incident. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the BCA at 651-793-7000.&#160;</span></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">The BCA’s investigation is ongoing. Once the investigation is complete, the BCA will provide its findings without recommendation to the Renville County Attorney’s Office for review.</span></p><p style="text-align&#58;center;">###​<br></p><div><br></div>7/7/2021 1:30:55 AMA Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications CONTACT: Jill Oliveira  651-793-2726 704https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
Six Arrested During Human Trafficking Operation13356/26/2021 9:00:00 PM<p>​<span style="font-size&#58;1em;">ST. PAUL —Six people were arrested during a human trafficking operation that took place over the past two days in Beltrami County. Investigators with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA)-led Human Trafficking Investigators Task Force led the operation in partnership with the Tribes United Against Sex Trafficking (TRUST) Task Force, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office and the Bemidji Police Department. The operation ran from June 25-26.</span></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;1em;"></span><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">During the operation, suspects responded to an ad on a sex advertisement website. Investigators arrested the suspects as they arrived at an arranged meeting place for a commercial sex crime. All were booked into the Beltrami County Jail on probable cause solicitation of prostitution of an adult. Charges are expected in the coming days.</span></p><ul><li>Michael Lee Eichstadt, 56, of Bemidji, Minn.</li><li>Quint Kyle Ironnecklace, 24, of Bemidji, Minn.</li><li>Lance Armon Jones, 39, of Oakville, Washington.</li><li>Dennis Michael Murphy, 43, of Park Rapids, Minn. Mr. Murphy also faces probable cause possession of a controlled substance.</li><li>Matthew F. Senica, 49, of Illinois.</li><li>Philip Edward Toomey, Jr., 48, of Maywood, Missouri.</li></ul><p>Many additional agencies and organizatio​ns lent resources and expertise to this effort, including The Link; the Buffalo, Fond du Lac, Hibbing, Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Thief River Falls and Upper Sioux police departments; the Red Lake Department of Public Safety; the Chisago, Hennepin and Isanti County sheriff’s offices; the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force; the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations.</p><p>“This operation was part of our ongoing, collective commitment to rid our communities of sexual exploitation.” BCA Superintendent Drew Evans said. “It is never okay to purchase another person for sex.”​</p><h3>About the Human Trafficking Investigators Task Force<br></h3><p>The Human Trafficking Investigators Task Force was established in 2017 with funding from the Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs as a statewide enforcement effort to target traffickers and those exploiting children for sex.</p><p>If you or someone you know is in immediate danger of being trafficked, call 911. To report a suspected trafficking situation, call the BCA at 877-996-6222 or email bca.tips@state.mn.us.&#160;</p><p>###</p><div><br>​<br></div><p><br></p>6/26/2021 10:56:49 PMA Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications CONTACT: Jill Oliveira  651-793-2726 If you or someone you know 3114https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
BCA Identifies Parties Involved in June 12 Officer Involved Shooting Incident10106/16/2021 7:00:00 PM<p>​<span style="font-size&#58;1em;">The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the parties involved in an officer involved shooting incident on June 12 in Rushford, Minn.&#160;</span></p><div><ul><li>Rushford police officer Darin Daveau discharged is weapon during the incident. He has been in law enforcement for eight years, and is on standard administrative leave.</li><li>Ibraheem Farah Hamza ​Khalifa, 35, of Rushford, was taken into custody at the scene. He is being held at the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center and faces felony charges related to violations of a restraining order.</li></ul></div><div><br></div><div>BCA crime scene personnel recovered a rifle at the scene. Neither the officer nor the subject were struck by gunfire.<br></div><div>​<br></div><div>Squad&#160;dashcam video captured portions of the incident.<br></div><div><br></div><div>T<span style="font-size&#58;1em;">he Fillmore County Sherriff’s office </span><span style="font-size&#58;1em;"><a href="https&#58;//www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1864922807015648&amp;id=167830786724867">provided information</a></span><span style="font-size&#58;1em;"> about the incident on June 12. The Fillmore County Attorney filed charges against Mr. Khalifa on June 15 in Fillmore County District Court.</span></div><div><br></div><div>The BCA investigation of the use of force is ongoing. Once its investigation is complete, the BCA will turn its findings over without recommendation to the Fillmore County Attorney’s Office for review.<br></div><div><br></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;">###<br></div><div><br><br></div><p><br></p>6/16/2021 7:02:17 PMA Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications CONTACT: Bruce Godon  651-201-7171 Bruce.Gordon@state.mn.us 215https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
Update on BCA Investigation of June 5 Officer Involved Shooting8876/9/2021 7:00:00 PM<p>​<span style="font-size&#58;1em;">​T</span><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">he Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the parties involved in an officer involved shooting incident on June 5 in Minneapolis.&#160;</span></p><ul><li>Metro Transit Police Department Officer John Steele has been in law enforcement for nine years. He is on standard administrative leave.</li><li>The man injured during the incident, Kevion Jamal Gibbs, 23, of West Point, Mississippi, was treated for his injury and is currently in the Hennepin County Jail.&#160;</li><li>Mr. Gibbs is charged in the fatal shooting of a man identified by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office as Deandre Intonio Smith, 33, of Minneapolis.&#160;</li></ul><p>According to the BCA’s preliminary investigation, several Metro Transit Police Department officers witnessed the shooting of Mr. Smith around 2 a.m. on Saturday, June 5, in the area of Hennepin Avenue and South 5th Street in Minneapolis. Officers pursued Mr. Gibbs, the suspect in the shooting, on foot. At one point following a brief foot pursuit, Officer Steele discharged his firearm, striking Gibbs in the leg. Mr. Gibbs was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment and then was booked into the Hennepin County Jail.</p><p>BCA crime scene personnel recovered a handgun from near where the Mr. Gibbs was injured in the officer involved incident.</p><p>Portions of the incident were captured on Metro Transit Police body cameras.</p><p>The shooting death of Mr. Smith is being investigated by the Minneapolis Police Department. The BCA is investigating the use of deadly force by Officer Steele.</p><p>The BCA investigation is ongoing. Once its investigation is complete, the BCA will turn its findings over without recommendation to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office for review.</p><p style="text-align&#58;center;">###</p><div><br>​<br></div><p><br></p>6/9/2021 10:45:42 PMA Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications CONTACT: Jill Oliveira  651-793-2726 398https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
BCA Investigating Officer Involved Shooting that Occurred in Minneapolis7926/4/2021 6:00:00 PM<p>​​​​UPDATE June 9, 2021</p><p>​ST. PAUL —&#160;Officers from six law enforcement agencies were working as part of the U.S. Marshals North Star Fugitive Task Force on June 3 when an officer involved shooting took place in Minneapolis. Officers from the Anoka, Hennepin and Ramsey County sheriff’s offices; the Minnesota Department of Corrections; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and the U.S. Marshals Service were prese​nt during the incident.&#160;<br></p><p>The Hennepin and Ramsey County deputies on the task force discharged their firearms during the incident. Both agencies have notified the BCA that their deputies were working in an undercover capacity at the time. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is prohibited from releasing the identities of undercover officers under <a href="https&#58;//www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/13.82#stat.13.82.17">Minn. Stat. 13.82, subd. 17 (a)</a>.</p><p>The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office on Saturday identified the man who died as Winston Boogie Smith, Jr., of St. Paul. The medical examiner said Mr. Smith died of multiple gunshot wounds.</p><p>The BCA is not aware of any video of the incident.&#160;The BCA is asking for anyone who captured video of the incident to contact the BCA at 651-793-7000.​<br></p><p>This is an active and ongoing investigation. Once the investigation is complete, the BCA will provide its findings without recommendation to the appropriate prosecutor for review.​</p><p style="text-align&#58;center;">###<br></p><p>ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating an officer involved shooting incident that occurred on Thursday, June 3, on the top level of a parking ramp at 1405 W. Lake Street in the Uptown area of Minneapolis.<br></p><p>Law enforcement serving on the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force were alerted to the whereabouts of man who had a warrant for a felony firearms violation. They made contact with him in an attempt to take him into custody.<br></p><p>According to the preliminary investigation, at one point a Hennepin County sheriff’s deputy and a Ramsey County sheriff’s deputy serving on the task force discharged their weapons, striking the man. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.<br></p><p>Evidence at the scene indicates that the man fired his weapon from inside the vehicle. BCA crime scene personnel recovered a handgun as well as spent cartridge cases from inside the driver’s compartment.<br></p><p>The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office will identify the man once the preliminary autopsy, formal identification and family notifications have taken place.</p><p>A 27-year-old female passenger in the vehicle was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment of glass injuries sustained during the incident and released.</p><p>The BCA is in the very early stages of its investigation. The BCA will provide additional information as the investigation progresses.<br></p><p>The U.S Marshal Service currently does not allow the use of body cameras for officers serving on its North Star Fugitive Task Force. There is no squad camera footage of the incident.<br></p><p>Once the investigation is complete, the BCA will provide its findings without recommendation to the appropriate prosecutor for review<br></p><p style="text-align&#58;center;">###</p><div><br><br></div><p>​<br></p>6/9/2021 10:42:26 PMA Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications CONTACT: Bruce Godon  651-201-7171 Bruce.Gordon@state.mn.us 3043https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx