3 Minneapolis officers involved in fatal shooting of Dolal Idd are identified

The BCA says the three officers fired their guns at Idd after he struck several police cars with his vehicle and then fired at officers.
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A screengrab of body camera footage from the Dec. 30, 2020, fatal shooting of Dolal Idd. 

A screengrab of body camera footage from the Dec. 30, 2020, fatal shooting of Dolal Idd. 

Three Minneapolis Police Department officers fired their weapons on Dec. 30, 2020, which resulted in the death of 23-year-old Dolal Idd, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) said Monday

The BCA identified the officers involved in the shooting as:

  • Officer Paul Huynh, who has been with the department for six years
  • Sgt. Darcy Klund, who has been with the department for 33 years
  • Officer Jason Schmitt, who has been with the department for 23 years

All three officers are on administrative leave, which is standard when officers are involved in a shooting. 

The shooting

Idd was fatally shot Dec. 30, 2020, outside a gas station at 3550 Cedar Ave. S in south Minneapolis. A search warrant application says police were using a confidential informant to buy a gun from Idd, and when they went to arrest him, "gunfire ensued." 

According to the BCA, when officers surrounded the vehicle Idd was driving, he "struck several police vehicles with his own vehicle, then fired his weapon at officers." 

That's when Huynh, Klund and Schmitt fired their guns at Idd. Idd died of multiple gunshot wounds, the BCA said. 

The officers were wearing body cameras. The MPD released footage the day after the shooting, which they say shows Idd fired at officers first. 

There was a woman in the vehicle with Idd; she wasn't hurt. And no officers were injured in the incident. 

Investigators found a handgun between Idd's body and the center console of the vehicle, the search warrant application said. A MAC-10 assault-style handgun was also found in the vehicle, the BCA says. 

Hours after the shooting, the BCA and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at Idd's parents' home in Eden Prairie because the confidential informant said Idd also had guns at home. 

Nothing was taken from the home during the search because "None of the items set forth in the search warrant were found," including guns, according to the inventory receipt filed in court.

Idd's death and the search of his parents' home in the middle of the night led to protests in the Twin Cities.

Idd's father, Bayle Gelle, alleged Hennepin County Sheriff's Office deputies, who aided in the search of the home, mistreated his family. MPR News notes activists have criticized the search, questioning why Idd's family was told of his death only after they were woken up and placed in zip-tied handcuffs.

Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson defended the deputies' actions during the search and released body camera footage of the search.

Dakota County will handle charging decision

Meanwhile, on Monday, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office said it would not handle the case. It along with four other county attorneys in the Twin Cities metro agreed on new protocols for when police kill someone in order to mitigate issues or potential conflicts of interest that may arise. 

As a result, the office in which the incident occurred is not involved with the investigation and decision on possible prosecution of the officers involved. 

With this case, the Dakota County Attorney's Office will review the case once the BCA's investigation is complete (the investigation is "active and ongoing," the BCA said). 

The investigation is "active and ongoing," the BCA said. But when it's done, it will present its findings to the county attorney "without recommendation."

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