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Mankato Minnesota Police Abuse

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KEYC) — Four law enforcement personnel who discharged their firearms during a stand-off in Mankato have been placed on standard administrative leave.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension identified the agents as:

Agency Name Law Enforcement Experience
Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jeremy Brennan 19 years
Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office Deputy James Othoudt 13 years
Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Paul Biederman 15 years
North Mankato Police Department Officer Chris Hendrickson 20 years

Earlier this week, the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man who died during the incident as Austin Dean Heights, 24, who did not have a permanent address. Heights died of multiple gunshot wounds.

The Minnesota BCA is investigating the officer-involved shooting further at the request of the agencies involved.

The BCA said via a news release Wednesday that two firearms were recovered at the scene. The agency added that no officers were wearing body cameras and there is no squad camera footage of the incident.

The agency’s investigation of the incident is still ongoing. Once the investigation is complete, the BCA will provide its findings without recommendation to the Le Sueur County Attorney’s Office for review.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating the officer involved shooting at the request of the agencies involved.

Shortly after noon Saturday, law enforcement responded to a 911 call about an armed robbery at the BP gas station on U.S. Highway 169 just north of Highway 14 interchange in Blue Earth County. No one was injured during the robbery. After the robbery the suspect, now identified as Heights, fled east on foot across Highway 169 toward the Kiwanis Recreation Area. He boarded a rubber raft and began floating north toward St. Peter.

Officers exchanged gunfire with Heights at several points during the pursuit. Heights was struck by gunfire shortly before 2:30 p.m. as he attempted to exit the rubber raft on the east side of the river approximately three miles north of the Highway 14 bridge. He fell into the water. Officers located his body in the river a short time later and he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Two firearms were recovered at the scene. No officers were wearing body cameras and there is no squad camera footage of the incident.

The BCA investigation of the incident is ongoing. Once the investigation is complete, the BCA will provide its findings without recommendation to the Le Sueur County Attorney’s Office for review

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