Man fatally shot by police in Robbinsdale is identified

The 47-year-old charged officers with a knife, police said.
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The man fatally shot by police in Robbinsale last week has been identified by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office as a 47-year-old Ramsey man. 

Brian Eugene Andren was fatally shot by police just after 11 a.m. Friday near N. Noble Ave. and N. 38th Ave., with police recovering a knife from the scene, according to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), which is leading the investigation into the officer-involved shooting. 

The officers involved in the incident have also been identified by the BCA: 

  • Sgt. Brian Sloat fired his gun; 17-year veteran with Robbinsdale PD
  • Officer John Tomczik deployed his Taser; 1 1/2 years with Robbinsdale PD

Witness video from near the scene appears to show Andren charging officers before being shot, and it has been reported that he was in possession of a knife when he was fatally wounded. 

"The incident was captured on body camera video. BCA agents will determine whether squad cameras captured the incident," the BCA said in a release issued Jan. 8. 

Once the driver was stopped, Robbinsdale PD says the man "exited the side door of the vehicle armed with a knife" and failed to obey commands to drop the weapon. 

A Taser was deployed unsuccessfully, with police saying Andren continued to "aggressively charge" officers with the knife.

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Describing Andren as a "suspect," Robbinsdale PD said: "During the altercation an officer discharged their firearm towards the suspect and the suspect was shot. Officers immediately attempted lifesaving measures. The suspect succumbed to his wounds on scene."

A female was inside the vehicle that was stopped and she was not injured, according to the BCA. 

It has not been revealed what the active felony warrant was for.

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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