BCA identifies 4 police officers involved in fatal shooting in Burnsville

Two officers fired handguns and two others shot rifles.
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Burnsville police shooting

Four officers from the Burnsville Police Department fired their weapons in a fatal shooting of a Wisconsin man on Sunday, April 18. 

The victim, 30-year-old Bradley Michael Olsen, of Dresser, suffered gunshot wounds to the chest and died after being transported to Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis. 

The four officers who fired their weapons have been identified by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). Two officers fired handguns and two others shot rifles. 

  • Sgt. Dan Anderson, a 22-year veteran, fired his handgun.
  • Sgt. Brent Murray, a 19-year veteran, fired his rifle.
  • Officer Paul Oelrich, a 19-year veteran, fired his rifle. 
  • Officer Chris Walswick, a 19-year veteran, fired his handgun. 

The BCA has not said which officers' shots struck Olsen. It remains unclear if body-worn cameras were activated during the incident. Burnsville squad vehicles do not have dash cameras, though parts of the incident were captured on MnDOT traffic cameras.

What authorities say happened

According to the BCA, an officer tried to stop the driver of a truck with stolen plates at 2:44 p.m. The driver, Olsen, crashed the truck into another vehicle at South Cross Drive and Buck Hill Road. He continued driving a block west to Burnhaven Drive, then fled into a restaurant on the 14000 block of Buck Hill Road. 

Inside the restaurant, Olsen stole a diner's keys from a table and fled in their vehicle, going northbound on I-35W. The BCA claims Olsen fired shots at police "several times" as he was being pursued. 

From I-35W, Olsen took the exit to eastbound Hwy. 13, then slowed the vehicle on the ramp and jumped out, running onto the highway where he pointed a gun at an oncoming vehicle. That driver turned into the grass median to get away. 

Olsen "attempted to flee the area," the BCA said, which led to officers firing their guns from the entrance ramp. 

The BCA notes that a female passenger was in the stolen truck that Olsen crashed. She was taken into custody by Lakeville police, then interviewed by the BCA and released. 

Note: Some of the details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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