The officers involved in a fatal shooting of a suspect during a police chase in Isanti County have been identified by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).
Officers Grant Breems and Tim Evens of the Blaine Police Department and Officer Jake Sorteberg of the Anoka Police Department were all involved in the Sunday incident that ended with one suspect being fatally shot and a K9 being wounded. Police were pursuing two shoplifting and carjacking suspects.
The suspect who was killed has been identified as Dominic Lucas Koch, 27, of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. His accomplice, Joseph Heroff, 26, of Hammond, Wisconsin, has been charged with first-degree aggravated robbery and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.
Just before 1 p.m. on Sunday, Blaine police officers responded to reports of shoplifting at a local Kohl’s. Koch and Heroff fled the parking lot in a Jeep but were quickly located by police.
The two suspects then fled to a nearby gym where they carjacked a pickup truck and headed north on Highway 65.
According to charges, the pickup truck driver and his 9-year-old daughter were waiting to go to a birthday party when the suspects demanded they get out, one of them possessing a gun.
Police pursued Koch and Heroff, with the chase ending near Braham in Isanti County when their vehicle became disabled. The two then fled on foot.
Koch was shot and pronounced dead at the scene. A police dog was also injured during the incident, but has since been released from the hospital.
According to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, officers Breems and Evens both discharged their firearms during the incident. Officer Sorteberg deployed the police dog.
All officers are on standard administrative leave. The BCA is investigating the incident and will make its recommendations to the Isanti County Attorney’s Office when finished.