Criminal charges will not be filed against the three Minneapolis police officers who fatally shot Dolal Idd at a gas station last December.
Dakota County Attorney Kathy Keena released her charging decision on Friday, saying Sgt. Darcy Klund and Officers Paul Huynh and Jason Schmitt were justified when they shot and killed the 23-year-old Eden Prairie man outside a Holiday gas station at 3550 Cedar Ave. S on Dec. 30, 2020.
Police have said they were trying to arrest Idd for the illegal sale of firearms, and investigators at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension found Idd had a gun and fired at the officers first, documents state.
Keena said this is supported by body camera video, which the MPD released the day after the shooting; a witness account; statements from officers at the scene; forensic firearm analysis on the gun found in the car Idd was driving; and the determination that a bullet that hit an unmarked squad car came from the driver's side of Idd's vehicle.
"The use of deadly force by a peace officer is justified to protect the officer or another person from death or great bodily harm," Keena said. "It is my conclusion that given the facts and circumstances of this incident, it was objectively reasonable for the three peace officers to believe Mr. Idd posed a deadly threat to them and other officers at the scene at the time they fired their weapons.
"Accordingly, the officers were legally justified in using deadly force in this instance and there is no basis to issue criminal charges against any of them," Keena added.
The Dakota County Attorney's Office was tasked with considering charges against the Minneapolis police officers despite the incident occurring in Hennepin County. That's because last year, five metro-area counties adopted a new practice for police use of force cases to avoid the appearance of mishandling of a case.
The new practice has the county attorney in the jurisdiction where the incident happened refer the case to one of the other county attorneys or the state attorney general.
The night Idd was killed, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office conducted a search on his family's home in Eden Prairie. Authorities were heavily criticized for the way the search was carried out, prompting the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office to release video of the search.
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The Sahan Journal reported deputies "allegedly pointed their guns" at Idd's parents and "tied their hands tightly with a cord." Idd's father told the publication authorities did not show them the search warrant until the end of their search, at which time they told him his son had been killed.