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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 70https://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 288https://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 2747https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
BCA Death Investigation Underway Following Pursuit, Crash and Shots Fired4735/30/2021 2:00:00 AM<p>​June 2, 2021</p><p>DPS Update -&#160;Man Identified in Elk River death investigation</p><p>The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man who died following a pursuit last weekend in Sherburne County. The medical examiner’s office said Michaellee Ramos Avieda, 26, of Brooklyn Center, died on May 29 of suicide due to a gunshot wound to the head.<br></p><p style="text-align&#58;center;">###<span style="font-size&#58;1em;">​​​</span></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">​<br></span></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is conducting a death investigation following an incident Saturday afternoon in Sherburne County.</span></p><p>Law enforcement officers from the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office and Big​ Lake Police Department spotted a vehicle heading east on Highway 10 in Big Lake that was being sought in connection with a shooting incident that occurred earlier Saturday in Minneapolis.</p><p>Law enforcement pursued the vehicle east on Highway 10. During the pursuit, Sherburne County deputies attempted a PIT maneuver and State Patrol troopers used stop sticks to attempt to stop the vehicle. Elk River Police joined in the pursuit. At one point during the pursuit the driver fired shots at pursuing law enforcement.</p><p>A short time later, the suspect’s vehicle left the roadway, crossing oncoming lanes of traffic and crashing through a barrier before coming to rest on a side street near Proctor Avenue Northwest and Highway 10 in Elk River.&#160;</p><p>Law enforcement found the driver deceased of an apparent gunshot wound inside the vehicle. No one else was in the vehicle and no one else was injured during the pursuit or crash. The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office will identify the man and determine the cause and manner of death. BCA crime scene personnel recovered a handgun from the vehicle near the deceased’s body. Based on the preliminary investigation there is no indication that any law enforcement officers&#160;​discharged their weapons during this incident.​<br></p><p>The BCA is investigating this incident with assistance from the Minnesota State Patrol.&#160;</p><p><strong>Shooting incident in Minneapolis</strong></p><p>The man was being sought in connection with an incident that happened in Minneapolis earlier Saturday during which witnesses reported an exchange of gunfire between two men inside an apartment building near South 9th Street and LaSalle Avenue.&#160;</p><p>The other man involved in that incident was taken to Hennepin County Healthcare where he is being treated for multiple gunshot wounds. The Minneapolis Police Department is investigating this incident.</p><p>Additional information will be available once the medical examiner has completed the preliminary autopsy, identification and family notifications, and as the investigations progress.</p><p style="text-align&#58;center;">###</p><p><br>​<br></p><p>​<br></p>6/2/2021 7:10:54 PMA Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications CONTACT: Jill Oliveira  651-793-2726 No one else was in the 183https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
Extra Seat Belt Patrols Strive to Save Lives as Unbelted Traffic Deaths Increase24525/21/2021 6:00:00 PM<p>​ST. PAUL –&#160;​​Buckling up in a vehicle is an automatic move for most Minnesotans and people across the country, and it works. The lives saved by seat belts nationwide would fill a professional sports stadium - more than 69,000 people (2015-2019) according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.<br></p><div><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">But with unbelted deaths in Minnesota&#160;</span><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">outpacing previous years, law enforcement statewide will be conducting extra seat belt patrols May 24 through June 6 to stop the growing loss of life. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety coordinates the campaign with funding provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.</span></div><div><br></div><div>Preliminary reports show 38 unbelted motorists died as of May 21 compared with 25 this time last year, a 52 percent increase. This follows a deadly 2020 when 112 unbelted motorists died on Minnesota roads compared to 73 in 2019. The 112 unbelted motorist deaths in 2020 were also the highest since 2012 (116).&#160;</div><div>​<br></div><div>“Would you like the lecture or the eulogy?” said Mike Hanson, Office of Traffic Safety director. “Sadly, the number of grieving families hearing the eulogies is way too high when you consider how these deaths can b​e so easily prevented. If you want to be there for your loved ones, stop with the weak excuses for not wearing a seat belt. Drive smart and buckle up.”</div><div><br></div><div><strong>You Never Get Over Ejection</strong></div><div>Most Minnesotans are making the life-saving decision to buckle up. According to the 2019 Minnesota Observational Seat Belt Survey, 93.4 percent of front seat occupants are wearing their seat belts. The rest are gambling with their lives and the lives of others in the vehicle by riding unbelted.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Good Decisions Are a Lifesaver</strong></div><div><ul><li>In 1987, 4,176 vehicle occupants suffered severe injuries in traffic crashes. That number dropped to 1,056 in 2020.</li><li>In 2020&#58;</li><ul><li>The highest number of unbelted fatalities (12) of 15-19-year-olds since 2011 (20).</li><li>The highest number of unbelted fatalities (32) of 25-39-year-olds since 2012 (36).</li><li>79 percent of the unbelted deaths occurred in Greater Minnesota (outside the seven-county metro area).</li></ul><li>Adults must take the time to correctly use child restraints, teach children the value of buckling up and model seat belt use. From 2016-2020&#58;</li><ul><li>20 children (ages 0-7) were killed in motor vehicles.</li><li>Eight of the victims were properly secured, eight were not properly restrained, and restraint use was unknown in four fatalities.</li><li>Of the 87 children (ages 0-7) seriously injured in motor vehicles, 49 percent were known to be properly secured.</li></ul></ul></div><div><strong style="font-size&#58;1em;">Click It or Ticket&#58; the Law is for Safety</strong><br></div><div>Minnesota law states that drivers and passengers in all seating positions must wear seat belts or be in the correct child restraint. Occupants must correctly wear seat belts low and snug across the hips, and they should never tuck straps under an arm or behind the back. If you are unbuckled, expect to be stopped.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Minnesota Child Car Seat Law Protects Young Lives</strong></div><div>In crashes from 2016-2020, of the 15,670 children ages 0-7 that were properly restrained, 88 percent were not injured while another 9 percent sustained only possible injuries. In Minnesota, all children must be in a child restraint until they are 4 feet 9 inches tall, or at least age 8, whichever comes first.</div><div><ul><li>Rear-facing seats - All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car seat until they have reached the height and weight limits allowed by the car seat manufacturer.<br></li><li>Forward-facing seats with harness - Toddlers and preschoolers who have reached the height and weight limits of the rear-facing car seat should use a forward-facing seat with harness until they reach the weight limit of the harness allowed by the car seat manufacturer.</li><li>Booster seats - School-age children who have reached the height and weight limits of the forward-facing seat can sit on a booster seat. It must be used with a lap and shoulder belt.</li><li>Seat belts - Children 8 years old or have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall can buckle up with seat belts. Your child is ready for an adult seat belt when they can sit with their back against the vehicle seat, knees bent comfortably and completely over the vehicle seat edge without slouching, and feet touching the floor.</li></ul></div><div><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">R</span><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">esources&#58;</span><br></div><div><ul><li><a href="/divisions/ots/drive-smart/Pages/default.aspx" title="link to drive smart website ">DriveSmartMN.org</a></li><li><a href="/divisions/ots/child-passenger-safety/Pages/default.aspx" title="link to child passenger safety website of resources">BuckleUpKids.dps.mn.gov</a><br></li></ul></div><div><strong style="font-size&#58;1em;">About the Minnesota Department Public Safety</strong><br></div><div>DPS comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 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 the Office of Traffic Safety</strong></div><div>The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS-OTS) designs, implements and coordinates federally funded traffic safety enforcement and education programs to improve driver behaviors and reduce the deaths and serious injuries that occur on Minnesota roads. These efforts form a strong foundation for the statewide Toward Zero Deaths traffic safety program. DPS-OTS also administers state funds for the motorcycle safety program and for the child seats for needy families program.</div><div><br><br></div><p><br></p>5/21/2021 6:31:54 PMA Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications CONTACT: Dave Boxum  651-201-7569 dave.boxum@state.mn.us 246https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
High Visibility Speed Patrols Focus on Preventing Tragedy During May 12-19 Traffic Safety Campaign17585/12/2021 9:00:00 PM<p>​</p><div>ST. PAUL –A traffic safety crisis that started last year with an alarming number of speed-related traffic deaths is the focus of high visibility speed patrols running May 12-19. The Minnesota State Patrol, sheriffs’ offices and police departments will be patrolling on specific days in targeted regions to stop speeding and aggressive driving from further devastating lives.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div>There are 56 speed-related deaths reported as of May 12 compared with 26 this time last year. The speed-related fatalities are the primary contributor to an overall traffic fatality rate that is far exceeding last year and historical averages. Preliminary figures show 129 people have died in traffic crashes since Jan. 1 compared to 94 at this time in 2020. The last time Minnesota reached 129 fatalities by May 12 was in 2008 when 133 people died on Minnesota roads up to that date.</div><div><br></div><div>“Saving dozens more from dying this year is possible if we all just slow down,” said Col. Matt Langer, Chief of the Minnesota State Patrol. “We can all control how fast we are going, and we can all take responsibility when it comes to driving smart. By going the speed limit, you can reduce your risk of crashing and get home to your family at the end of the day.”&#160;</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Daily Focus by Region to Prevent Tragedy</strong></div><div>State Patrol districts across Minnesota will dedicate specific days to high visibility speed and aggressive driving patrols starting Wednesday, May 12. They will be teaming up with law enforcement agencies in their region and across Minnesota. The regional focus areas for each day are<br></div><div><br></div><div>​<table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;50%;"><strong>Date​</strong><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;50%;"><strong>​Minnesota State Patrol District</strong><br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​Wednesday, May 12<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​Marshall region (District 2300) includes Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Lac Qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock and Yellow Medicine counties.<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​Thursday, May 13<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​Duluth region (District 2700) includes Carlton, Cook, Lake, Pine and St. Louis counties.<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​Thursday, May 13<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​Thief River Falls region (District 3200) includes Beltrami, Clearwater, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Marshall, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau counties.<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​Friday, May 14<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​St. Cloud region (District 2600) includes Benton, Big Stone, Kandiyohi, Meeker, Pope, Sherburne, Stearns, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse and Wright counties.<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​Friday, May 14<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​Detroit Lakes region (District 2900) includes Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Mahnomen, Norman, Otter Tail, Todd, Wadena and Wilkin counties.<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​Monday, May 17<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​East Twin Cities Metro region (District 2400) includes Anoka, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties.<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​Monday, May 17<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​West Twin Cities Metro region (District 2500) includes Anoka, Carver, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey and Scott counties.&#160;<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​Tuesday, May 18<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​Rochester region (District 2100) includes Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha and Winona counties.<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​Tuesday, May 18<br><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​Virginia region (District 3100) includes Itasca, Koochiching and St. Louis counties.<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1">​Wednesday, May 19<br><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1">​Mankato region (District 2200) includes Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Le Sueur, Martin, McLeod, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca and Watonwan counties.<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableFooterRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableFooterEvenCol-default" rowspan="1">​Wednesday, May 19<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableFooterOddCol-default" rowspan="1">​Brainerd region (District 2800) includes Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Morrison counties.<br></td></tr></tbody></table><br><br></div><div>High visibility law enforcement patrols may also be active over the weekend to cite speeding and aggressive drivers who recklessly disregard the lives of others on the road.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Troubling Increase in Speeding Citations&#160;</strong></div><div><ul><li>State Patrol troopers have issued 25,729 speeding citations through April 29 compared with 24,239 tickets written at this time last year.</li><li>Troopers cited 325 motorists for going 100 mph or more through April 29 compared with 306 this time last year.</li></ul></div><div><strong style="font-size&#58;1em;">T</strong><strong style="font-size&#58;1em;">raffic Fatality Trajectory Going Wrong Direction</strong><br></div><div>The state reported its 100th traffic death (preliminary) for 2021 on April 21. This is the earliest date reaching the preliminary figure of 100 traffic fatalities in the last six years. The 394 traffic fatalities in 2020 (preliminary) are the most in five years, with speed contributing to 30 percent of all traffic fatalities.</div><div><br></div><div>Preliminary reports show 122 motorists died in speed-related crashes in 2020, the most since 2008 (125).&#160;</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Speed-Related Traffic Fatalities</strong><br></div><div><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width&#58;9.09091%;"><strong>2010</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width&#58;9.09091%;"><strong>2011</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width&#58;9.09091%;"><strong>2012</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width&#58;9.09091%;"><strong>2013</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width&#58;9.09091%;"><strong>2014</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width&#58;9.09091%;"><strong>2015</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width&#58;9.09091%;"><strong>2016</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width&#58;9.09091%;"><strong>2017</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width&#58;9.09091%;"><strong>2018</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width&#58;9.09091%;"><strong>2019</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width&#58;9.09091%;"><strong>2020</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">86</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">85</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">74</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">76</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">94</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">78</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">89</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">88</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">113</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">75</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">122<br></td></tr></tbody></table><br></div><div><span style="font-size&#58;1em;"><strong>Recent Speed-Related Traffic Deaths</strong></span><br></div><div><ul><li>A 35-year-old male motorcyclist not wearing a helmet, who was driving 79 mph in a 55 mph zone. He ran off the road in McLeod County. Drug use is suspected.&#160;</li><li>A 29-year-old male driver going 80 mph in a 30 mph zone on a Cass County road. He ran off the road, hit an embankment and overturned multiple times. Alcohol and drugs are suspected.&#160;</li><li>A 52-year-old motorcyclist not wearing a helmet was driving 60 mph in a 40 mph zone on a Stearns County road. He ran off the road at a curve and hit mailboxes and a fence.&#160;&#160;<br></li><li>A 23-year-old male motorcyclist, traveling around 70 mph in a 45 mph zone in Red Wing hit a curb, causing the bike to break up, ejecting the rider.&#160;</li></ul></div><div><strong style="font-size&#58;1em;">Drive Smart&#58; Avoid Speeding Risks</strong><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">&#160;</span><br></div><div><ul><li>Greater potential for loss of vehicle control.</li><li>Increased stopping time and distance.</li><li>Increased crash severity leading to more serious injuries and death.</li></ul></div><div><strong style="font-size&#58;1em;">A Costly Choice</strong><br></div><div><ul><li>A citation may affect a person’s bank account, driving record or insurance rates, but the resulting change in behavior can be a lifesaver. A speed-related crash can lead to far worse consequences.</li><li>The cost of a speeding violation will vary by county, but it will typically cost a driver more than $110 with court fees for traveling 10 mph over the limit. Fines double for those speeding 20 mph over the limit and drivers can lose their license for six months for going 100 mph or more.</li></ul></div><div><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">​Resources&#58;</span><br></div><a href="/divisions/ots/drive-smart/Pages/default.aspx" title="drive smart website on making safe traffic safety choices"><div>DriveSmartMN.org<br></div></a><div><br></div><div><strong>About the Minnesota Department Public Safety</strong></div><div>DPS comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 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.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>About the Office of Traffic Safety</strong></div><div>The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS-OTS) designs, implements and coordinates federally funded traffic safety enforcement and education programs to improve driver behaviors and reduce the deaths and serious injuries that occur on Minnesota roads. These efforts form a strong foundation for the statewide Toward Zero Deaths traffic safety program. DPS-OTS also administers state funds for the motorcycle safety program and for the child seats for needy families program.</div><div><br>​<br></div><p><br></p>5/12/2021 9:01:48 PMA Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications CONTACT: Scott Wasserman  651-201-7571 He ran off the road in 202https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
New Northeast Minnesota Regional Road Guard Training Site at Pine Technical & Community College16235/11/2021 2:30:00 PM<p><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">S</span><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">T. PAUL — Motorcyclists interested in becoming a <a href="/divisions/ots/mmsc/motorcycle-road-guard/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank" title="Minnesota Motorcycle Road Guard webpage">certified motorcycle road guard ​</a>have the option of taking the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center (MMSC) Road Guard Training Course in Pine City, Minn.</span><br></p><div><br></div><div>Pine Technical &amp; Community College is replacing Lake Superior College in Duluth as the northeast Minnesota regional road guard training site.</div><div><br></div><div>“We want riders in each region of the state have access to road guard training,” says Bill Shaffer, Office of Traffic Safety Motorcycle Safety program coordinator. “This course is valuable to riding groups. Partnering with Pine Technical &amp; Community College continues to make this course available for northeast Minnesota riders.”<br></div><div><br></div><div>Road Guard training is available at the following training sites. The course can also travel to <a href="/divisions/ots/mmsc/motorcycle-road-guard/Pages/default.aspx" title="Motorcycle Road Guard webpage">riding groups who meet requirements.</a>&#160;</div><div><br></div><div><ul><li><a href="https&#58;//mnscu.rschooltoday.com/public/getsubcategory/category_id/331/program_id/47" target="_blank">Minnesota State College in Detroit Lakes (NW)​</a></li><li><a href="https&#58;//mnscu.rschooltoday.com/public/getclass/category_id/299/program_id/53/subcategory_id/966" target="_blank" title="Pine Technical &amp; Community College ">Pine Technical &amp; Community College (NE)</a><br></li><li><a href="https&#58;//mnscu.rschooltoday.com/public/getclass/category_id/288/program_id/50" target="_blank" title="Minnesota West College (Marshall)">Minnesota West College in Marshall (SW)</a></li><li><a href="https&#58;//mnscu.rschooltoday.com/public/getsubcategory/program_id/52/category_id/392" target="_blank" title="Rochester Community and Technical College">Rochester Community and Technical College (SE)</a><br></li><li>​<a href="https&#58;//mnscu.rschooltoday.com/public/getclass/category_id/27/program_id/5/subcategory_id/5349" target="_blank" title="Dakota County Technical College">Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount (Metro)</a><br><br></li></ul></div><div><br><br></div><div><strong>Motorcycle Road Guard</strong></div><div>The <a href="https&#58;//www.revisor.mn.gov/laws/2012/0/287/" target="_blank" title="Motorcycle Road Guard Law 2012">Motorcycle Road Guard Law was enacted in 2012. </a>The law authorizes motorcycle road guard certificate holders to stop and control traffic for motorcycle group rides. Riders must complete the Road Guard Training course to receive their road guard certificate. Certificates are valid for four years.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div>The three-hour course teaches riders to safely stop and control traffic. Skills are learned in the classroom and during practical training at a live intersection near the training site. The class costs $30. Riders can register for the course online at <a href="/divisions/ots/mmsc/Pages/default.aspx" title="Motorcycle Safety Center">motorcyclesafety.org​</a>.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>About the Minnesota Department of Public Safety</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.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>About the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center&#160;</strong></div><div>The Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center (MMSC) provides high-quality rider education, training and licensing to prevent motorcycle crashes and the resulting fatalities and injuries. It was created in the early 1980s to address record high motorcyclist fatalities.</div><div><br></div><div>The MMSC provides on-cycle and classroom rider training courses, develops awareness campaigns and informational materials, and coordinates third-party skills testing for motorcycle license endorsement through the Basic Rider Course and evening testing at select DVS Exam Stations.&#160;<br></div><div><br></div><div>Motorcycle safety is a component of Toward Zero Deaths (TZD), the state’s primary road safety initiative. A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes — education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div>Recent MMSC Activity and Statistics</div><div><ul><li>There are approximately 216,000 registered motorcycles and 412,000 licensed operators in Minnesota.&#160;</li><li>During the shortened 2020 training season, MMSC trained approximately 2,700 students statewide.</li><li>Follow MMSC on Twitter <a href="https&#58;//twitter.com/MNDPS_MCSafety" target="_blank" title="MMSC Twitter Page">@MnDPS_MCSafety​</a> and “like” <a href="https&#58;//www.facebook.com/MnMotorcycleSafety?ref=aymt_homepage_panel" target="_blank" title="MMSC Facebook page">MMSC on Facebook.</a><br><br></li></ul></div><div><br></div><p>​</p>5/11/2021 2:55:36 PMA Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications CONTACT: Megan Leonard  651-201-7566 162https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
New Online Document Pre-Verification Will Help Minnesotans Get Their REAL ID Faster15185/10/2021 3:00:00 PM<p><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">S</span><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">T. PAUL —Minnesotans now have until May 3, 2023, to be REAL ID ready, but many will decide whether to apply for a REAL ID or enhanced driver’s license or ID (EDL/EID) when they renew their driver’s license or ID card in the coming months.&#160;</span><br></p><div><br></div><div>The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DPS-DVS) encourages Minnesotans to take advantage of online tools at <a href="https&#58;//onlineservices.dps.mn.gov/EServices/_/" title="DVS Online services page" target="_blank">drive.mn.gov</a> to help with the decision-making and application process.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div><ul><li>Use the online <strong>Help Me Choose tool</strong> to select the best license or ID type for their needs.&#160;</li><li><strong>Pre-apply</strong> online to save time during the office visit.</li><li>Those who choose to apply for a REAL ID or EDL/EID now have the option to submit their required documents online for <strong>pre-verification</strong> before they visit an office.</li></ul></div><div><br></div><div><strong>Pre-verification saves trips to a DL office</strong></div><div>DPS-DVS launched the online pre-verification tool March 29, to help reduce repeat office visits and reduce processing times for REAL ID and EDL/EID card applications. As of April 28, 7,136 Minnesotans have applied for document pre-verification. On average, Minnesotans who successfully pre-verify documents receive their driver’s license or ID card in seven to ten business days.</div><div><br></div><div>“We want Minnesotans to successfully apply for a REAL ID during their first office visit and not have to make repeat trips,” Driver and Vehicle Services Director Emma Corrie said. “Applying for a REAL ID requires additional documentation, and the process has often led to customers needing to go home, get additional documents and return for a second visit. Pre-applying and pre-verifying documents can prevent this from happening.”</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Federal REAL ID deadline extended</strong></div><div>The U.S. Department of Homeland Security extended the REAL ID full enforcement deadline to May 3, 2023. The deadline was previously set for later this year.<br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>Beginning May 3, 2023,</strong> Minnesotans will not be able to use their standard driver’s license or ID card to board domestic flights or enter federal facilities. Instead, they will need one of three options&#58;<br></div><div><ol><li>A passport or passport card.</li><li>A REAL ID.</li><li>An enhanced driver’s license or ID.<br><br></li></ol></div><div>The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) lists several other less-common<a href="https&#58;//www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification" title="TSA forms of identification" target="_blank"> forms of identification</a> that are also acceptable for federal purposes.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div>A REAL ID is optional. Minnesotans may apply for a REAL ID when they renew their license or ID card.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Pre-Verification Process</strong></div><div>Eligible Minnesotan may pre-verify their documents while pre-applying online at <a href="/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/DVS%20Online%20services%20page" target="_blank">drive.mn.gov</a>. Participation is optional.&#160;</div><div><ol><li>Those who choose to participate will upload clear, high quality images of the documents they select during their pre-application.&#160;</li><li>DPS-DVS will review the uploaded documents within three business days and send an email confirming the documents are pre-verified. DPS-DVS will send an email with details and next steps if there are issues with any of the uploaded documents.</li><li>The eligible Minnesotan will receive the pre-verification notification, and then bring the original documents to their local office to complete their REAL ID or EDL/EID application.</li></ol></div><div><br></div><div>To participate, Minnesotans&#58;&#160;</div><div><ul><li>Must be 18 or older.</li><li>Must have a Minnesota driver’s license or number.</li><li>Must provide their Social Security number during the pre-application.</li><li>Must have a verified address on record with DPS-DVS or select to do an address change and provide a new address.</li></ul></div><div><br></div><div>Minnesotans who are renewing an EDL/EID or REAL ID are not eligible for pre-verification and are only required to bring documents when renewing if they are changing their name or address.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div>Federal and Minnesota laws require a person to submit their original required documents, pass a vision screening and have a new photo taken to complete their application at a DVS exam station or driver’s license office.</div><div><br></div><div>Minnesotans can still use the pre-application feature if they choose not to use the pre-verification tool. DPS-DVS strongly encourages anyone who is renewing or applying for a driver’s license or ID card to pre-apply online at <a href="/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/DVS%20Online%20services%20page" target="_blank">drive.mn.gov</a>. This feature allows Minnesotans to enter a significant portion of their application online, reducing the time they spend in the office. It also lists the required documents for each license type so applicants can have all necessary documents ready when they visit their local office.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Pre-verification Statistics&#160;</strong></div><div>Since its launch March 29, 7,136 Minnesotans participated in pre-verification. This includes&#58;&#160;</div><div><ul><li>4,243 pre-verifications for EDL/EID applications.</li><li>2,893 pre-verifications for REAL ID applications.</li></ul></div><div><br></div><div>DPS-DVS approved 2,715 of the applications submitted for pre-verification.</div><div><br></div><div><ul><li>1,131 pre-verifications for EDL/EID applications.</li><li>1,584 pre-verifications for REAL ID applications.<br></li></ul></div><div><br></div><div><strong>U.S. Passports</strong></div><div>Passports and passport cards meet federal identification requirements, so Minnesotans who already have passports do not need to apply for a REAL ID or enhanced driver’s license. They can simply use their passport of passport card to board domestic flights and enter federal facilities on and after May 3, 2021.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https&#58;//travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/about-us/reports-and-statistics.html" target="_blank" title="U.S. Dept. of State statistics page">The U.S. Department of State </a>reported 143,116,633 valid U.S. passports in circulation in 2020. Minnesotans were issued 231,885 U.S. passports last year alone.&#160;&#160;</div><div><br></div><div><strong>REAL ID Airport Office</strong></div><div>The REAL ID Airport Office accepts REAL ID applications Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. <strong>by appointment only</strong>. Minnesotans can schedule their appointment for the day they fly out of MSP Terminal 1 online at <a href="/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/DVS%20Online%20services%20page" target="_blank">drive.mn.gov</a>. They must&#58;</div><div><ul><li>Be a ticketed passenger at MSP Terminal 1 for the day they schedule their appointment.</li><li>Be a current Minnesota resident.&#160;</li><li>Hold and bring a valid Minnesota driver’s license, permit or state ID. If expired, it must have expired less than one year ago.</li><li>Complete the online pre-application. Visit <a href="/divisions/dvs/real-id/Pages/default.aspx" title="Minnesota REAL ID website">REALID.dps.mn.gov</a> to pre-apply.</li><li>Be eligible for a REAL ID and bring all <a href="/divisions/dvs/real-id/Pages/required-documents.aspx" title="REAL ID required documents">required documents</a>.&#160;</li><li>Bring a valid credit card for payment.&#160;<br></li></ul></div><div><br></div><div><strong>REAL ID Required Documents</strong></div><div>Minnesotans are required to provide additional documentation when applying for a REAL ID, compared to a standard driver’s license or ID card.</div><div><br></div><div>A person must provide the following in person when applying&#58;</div><div><ul><li>One document proving identity, date of birth and legal presence in the United States.</li><ul><li><em>If the name on the identity document is not the same as a person's current name, a name change document must be submitted.</em></li></ul><li>One document proving social security number.</li><ul><li><em>If you have not updated your name change with the Social Security Administration, you must do so prior to applying for a Real ID.</em></li></ul><li>Two different documents proving current residency in Minnesota.&#160;</li><ul><li><em>​Must have applicant’s current legal name and current address in Minnesota. A P.O. Box will not suffice as proof of current residency in Minnesota.</em></li></ul></ul></div><div><br></div><div>Applicants must provide original documents or documents certified by the agency that issued them. DPS-DVS cannot accept laminated documents or digital documents shown on your phone or other electronic device. A full list of accepted documentation is on the <a href="/divisions/dvs/real-id/Pages/required-documents.aspx" title="Minnesota REAL ID website ">REAL ID website</a>.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>REAL ID Scoreboard</strong></div><div>As of May 1, there are a total of&#58;&#160;</div><div><ul><li>679,887 Minnesota REAL ID driver’s license and ID card holders.&#160;</li><li>446,229 Minnesota enhanced driver’s license and ID card holders.&#160;</li><li>3,560,803 Minnesota standard driver’s license and ID card holders.</li></ul></div><div><br></div><div>That brings the total number of Minnesotans who are REAL ID ready to <strong>1,126,116 or 24.03 percen</strong>t of Minnesota driver’s license and identification card holders. That’s up from&#58;</div><div><ul><li>23.28 percent on March 31, 2021.</li><li>21.46 percent on Feb. 28, 2021.</li><li>20.74 percent on Jan. 31, 2021.</li><li>20.16 percent on Dec. 31, 2020.</li><li>19.56 percent on Nov. 30, 2020.</li><li>18.37 percent on Sept. 30, 2020.</li><li>16.76 percent on July 31, 2020.</li><li>15.08 percent on May 31, 2020.</li><li>14.96 percent on March 31, 2020.</li><li>10.72 percent on Jan. 1, 2020.</li><li>8.91 percent on Nov. 1, 2019.</li><li>7.8 percent on Sept. 27, 2019.</li></ul></div><div>&#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160;</div><div>Track Minnesota’s progress online at <a href="/divisions/dvs/real-id/Pages/default.aspx" title="Minnesota REAL ID website">REALID.dps.mn.gov</a>.&#160;&#160;</div><div><br></div><div><strong>When will I receive my REAL ID or EDL/EID?</strong></div><div>DPS-DVS is working to process all driver’s license and ID card applications as quickly as possible. Here are the processing dates as of May 5&#58;</div><div><ul><li><strong>Standard licenses and ID cards&#58;&#160;</strong><br></li><ul><li>DVS is currently processing standard applications from April 9.</li></ul><li><strong>REAL ID-compliant licenses and ID cards&#58;&#160;</strong></li><ul><li>DVS is currently processing REAL ID applications from April 12.</li></ul><li><strong>Enhanced Driver’s Licenses and ID cards&#58;&#160;</strong></li><ul><li>​DVS is currently processing Enhanced applications from April 9.<br></li></ul></ul></div><div><br></div><div><a href="/divisions/dvs/real-id/Pages/license-id-card-processing-times.aspx" title="Minnesota REAL ID processing times">Processing times are updated weekly online.<br></a><br></div><div><strong>Enhanced driver’s license or ID (EDL/EID)</strong><br></div><div>State Enhanced Driver's Licenses (EDLs) are REAL ID-compliant and are acceptable for official federal purposes such as accessing a federal facility or boarding commercial aircraft. They are also designated as acceptable border-crossing documents by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and can be used to travel by land or sea to Mexico, Canada and some Caribbean countries. Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont, and Washington are the only states that currently issue EDLs.</div><div><span style="white-space&#58;pre;"> </span></div><div>Minnesotans who have an enhanced driver’s license or ID (EDL/EID) can continue to use it to board domestic flights or enter federal facilities after May 3, 2023. EDL/EIDs issued on and after Nov. 16, 2020, have a gold star on the top right corner of the card to indicate they are federally accepted forms of identification.</div><div><br></div><div>More information about EDLs and EIDs is on the <a href="/divisions/dvs/real-id/Pages/default.aspx" title="Minnesota REAL ID website">REAL ID website</a>.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div><strong>What is the federal REAL ID Act?</strong></div><div>Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and ID cards. The Act refers to federal anti-terrorism laws and regulations that control access to&#58;&#160;</div><div>Federally regulated commercial aircraft.</div><div>Federal facilities requiring identification to enter, such as military bases or nuclear power facilities.</div><div><br></div><div>For more information on acceptable forms of identification for boarding aircraft, please see TSA’s website. Please check with individual federal facilities regarding their requirements.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div>Information from the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security&#58;</div><div><ul><li><a href="https&#58;//www.dhs.gov/real-id" target="_blank" title="U.S. Dept. Homeland Security REAL ID">REAL ID Enforcement&#58; Minnesota</a></li><li><a href="https&#58;//www.dhs.gov/real-id/real-id-faqs" title="U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security REAL ID FAQ">REAL ID Frequently Asked Questions for the Public</a></li></ul></div><div><br></div><div><strong>How to stay updated</strong></div><div>Find Minnesota REAL ID information and resources at the state’s website&#58;<a href="/divisions/dvs/real-id/Pages/default.aspx" title="Minnesota REAL ID website"> REALID.dps.mn.gov</a>.</div><div><br></div><div>The DPS-DVS<a href="https&#58;//www.facebook.com/MNDriverAndVehicleServices/" target="_blank"> Facebook page </a>and <a href="http&#58;//twitter.com/MnDPS_DVS" target="_blank" title="DPS-DVS Twitter page">Twitter page</a> have information that can easily be shared.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>How to get help</strong></div><div><ul><li>For driver services questions (licenses, ID cards, driver compliance and exams), visit the DVS website and submit questions using the<a href="/divisions/dvs/contact/Pages/driver-services-contact-forms.aspx" title="Driver services contact forms"> driver services contact forms</a>.&#160;</li><li>For vehicle services questions (ownership transfers, titles, liens and vehicle registration) visit the DVS website and submit questions using the <a href="/divisions/dvs/contact/Pages/vehicle-services-contact-forms.aspx" title="DVS vehicle services contact forms">vehicle services contact forms.​</a></li></ul></div><div><br></div><div><strong>About the Minnesota Department Public Safety</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.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>About Driver and Vehicle Services</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.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>2020 statistics&#58;&#160;</strong></div><div><ul><li>1.5 million driver’s license and ID cards issued.</li><li>1.6 million titles issued.</li><li>7.1 million vehicles registered.</li><li>DVS’ Public Information Center handled more than 1 million phone calls and 300,300 email correspondences.<br></li></ul></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br>​<br></div><p>​</p>5/10/2021 2:55:56 PMA Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications CONTACT: Megan Leonard  651-201-7566 1414https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
Investigation Underway Following Shooting Incident During Commercial Vehicle Stop14665/5/2021 6:00:00 PM<p>​UPDATE -- 5/6/2021<br></p><p>The Southern Minnesota Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man who died during a shooting incident May 5, 2021, in Rochester. Michael Charles Apicella, 63, of Black River Falls, Wisc., died of suicide due to two self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the head.&#160;<br></p><p>An investigation of the incident is being conducted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Rochester Police Department.</p><div><br></div><p>​​<br></p><div>ST. PAUL — An investigation is underway following a shooting incident that occurred during a commercial vehicle traffic stop at the Miracle Mile shopping center parking lot in Rochester this morning.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Three troopers assigned to the Minnesota State Patrol Commercial Vehicle unit stopped a semitruck for a vehicle inspection around 6&#58;45 a.m. Troopers attempted to detain the semitruck driver for failing to produce identification around 8&#58;30 a.m. According to the preliminary investigation, the driver took out a gun and fired two rounds, both of which were self-inflicted shots to the head.<br></div><div><br></div><div>The truck driver was transported to St. Mary’s hospital with life-threatening injuries and was later pronounced deceased.</div><div><br></div><div>No troopers fired their weapons, and no troopers were injured.<br></div><div><br></div><div>The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and the Rochester Police Department are leading the investigation.</div><div><br></div><div>The State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Section is comprised of civilian commercial vehicle inspectors and state troopers working in cooperation to conduct commercial vehicle <a href="/divisions/msp/commercial-vehicles/Pages/roadside-inspection.aspx">safety inspections</a> and <a href="/divisions/msp/commercial-vehicles/Pages/vehicle-size-weight.aspx">weighing</a> at highway weigh stations and roadside locations throughout the state.<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 2,100 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.&#160;<br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>About the Minnesota State Patrol&#160;</strong></div><div>Nearly 600 Minnesota State Patrol troopers are the foundation of the agency that works to provide a safe environment on Minnesota’s roads by assisting motorists, taking enforcement action and educating drivers about traffic safety issues. In addition to road safety activities, troopers conduct flight patrols, search and rescue missions and assist other law enforcement agencies.<br></div><div><br></div><div>In 1929, the Minnesota Legislature created the Highway Patrol after lawmakers recognized the need for a traffic enforcement agency in response to the boom of automobiles. The first patrol force comprised 35 men. In 1970, the Highway Patrol became a division of the Department of Public Safety and, four years later, its official name was changed to the Minnesota State Patrol.<br></div><div><br></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;">###​<br></div><div><br>​<br></div><p><br></p>5/7/2021 12:19:11 PMA Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications CONTACT: Lt. Gordon Shank  651-201-7146 145https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
BCA Identifies Officers in Burnsville Officer Involved Shooting Incident6734/21/2021 4:00:00 PM<p>​<span style="font-size&#58;1em;">​​ST</span><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">. P</span><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">AUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the officers who fired their weapons during an officer involved shooting incident on Sunday, April 18, in Burnsville. All are on standard administrative leave.</span></p><p></p><ul><li><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">S</span><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">gt. Dan Anderson has been in law enforcement for 22 years. Sgt. Anderson fired his handgun.</span></li><li><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">Sgt. Brent Murray has been in law enforcement for 19 years. Sgt. Murray fired his rifle.</span></li><li><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">Officer Paul Oelrich (oel-rihk) has been in law enforcement for 19 years. Officer Oelrich fired his rifle.</span></li><li><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">Officer Chris Walswick has been in law enforcement for 19 years. Officer Walswick fired his handgun.</span></li></ul><span style="font-size&#58;1em;"></span><p></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office earlier today identified the man who died during the incident as Bradley Michael Olsen, 30, of Dresser, Wisc. Olsen died of multiple gunshot wounds.</span></p><h3 class="ms-rteElement-H3B">Recap of the incident</h3><p><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">A Burnsville police officer attempted to pu​ll over a truck on Sunday at a​pproximately 2&#58;44 p.m. for having stolen plates. A short time later the truck crashed into another vehicle at South Cross Drive and Buck Hill Road. The truck continued before becoming disabled at South Cross Drive and Burnhaven Drive. The truck’s driver, now identified as Olsen, fled the scene. He entered a restaurant on the 14000 block of Buck Hill Road, snatched a customer’s keys from their table and fled in their vehicle.</span></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">Officers spotted the stolen vehicle heading north on 35W and a pursuit began. During the pursuit Olsen shot at pursuing officers several times.&#160;</span></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;1em;"></span><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">Olsen took the Highway 13 east exit and at one point slowed the vehicle and jumped out. He ran from the entrance ramp onto Highway 13 and pointed a gun at an oncoming vehicle, whose driver then turned into the grass median to flee. As Olsen attempted to flee the area, officers on the entrance ramp discharged their firearms, striking Olsen. He was transported by ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis where he was pronounced deceased.</span></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">The BCA is not aware of any other people who were injured during the incident.</span></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">A female passenger who was in the truck with Olsen left the scene and was later taken into custody by Lakeville Police Department. She was interviewed by BCA agents and released.</span></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">The </span><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">BCA will determine whether video from officer worn body cameras captured the incident. The Burnsville Police Department does not have dash cameras. Portions of the incident were captured on MNDOT traffic cameras.</span></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;1em;"></span><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">This is an ongoing and active investigation. Once the investigation is complete, the BCA will provide its findings without recommendation to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office for review.</span></p><p style="text-align&#58;center;"><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">###​</span></p>4/21/2021 5:20:56 PMA Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications CONTACT: Jill Oliveira  651-793-2726 The BCA is not aware of 721https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx