Authorities ID officer who fatally shot 61-year-old Shakopee man

The officer opened fire after the victim allegedly raised his gun at him.
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Authorities investigating a fatal police shooting in Shakopee have identified the officer involved and the man who died.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that James Hanchett, 61, died from multiple gunshot wounds at 823 Apgar Street South in Shakopee on Friday night.

The Shakopee Police Department said officers arrived at the scene after a report of a fire alarm to find Hanchett standing in the doorway of the building holding a handgun.

He then allegedly "raised the handgun and pointed at the lead officer," who "fearing for his life," opened fire.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension confirmed on Sunday evening that the officer involved in the shooting was Shakopee PD officer Thor Carlson.

Carlson, a 12-year veteran of the department, has been placed on standard administrative leave while an investigation is carried out.

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The BCA said that a handgun was recovered at the scene and that the officers were wearing body cameras, which recorded the incident.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner also confirmed that Travis Jordan, 36, of Morgan Avenue North, died in a separate police shooting on Friday afternoon.

More details of this incident, including the officer involved, have yet to be released, though early reports state that he came out of a house in north Minneapolis brandishing a weapon, that dispatch audio suggests was a knife.

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