Robbinsdale man shot by officer during welfare check described as 'kind soul'

Adam Nelson was shot July 11 by police during a welfare check.
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The family of a Robbinsdale man who was shot by police is asking for help to pay for medical care.

A GoFundMe has been set up for Adam Nelson, 29, who was shot by police July 11 outside a residence in Robbinsdale while officers were performing a welfare check. 

According to police, officers responded to a report of a suicidal person around 11:35 p.m. Saturday. The person who called police met officers outside, saying the suicidal person had a gun inside a home on the 3300 block of France Ave. N.

The person inside the home, now identified as Nelson, then came outside with the gun and was moving towards officers, police said. 

Police say he ignored commands to stop when an officer fired on him. "Portions of the incident were captured on body cameras and dash cameras," the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) said in a release. 

Nelson is now in intensive care after being shot multiple times, according to the GoFundMe. He suffered wounds to his chest, abdomen, shoulder and wrist and will also need ongoing mental health care, the online campaign says. 

The fundraiser has so far raised more than $15,000 of its $20,000 goal.

“He is a kind soul that loves riding his motorcycle, loves his niece and nephew, and lights up a room with his humor. His family is deeply hurting right now as we pray for his recovery. Please help him in any way you feel you can,” the GoFundMe reads. 

An update from the BCA on Tuesday noted that Nelson remains at North Memorial Health Hospital. The officer involved who shot Nelson has been identified by the BCA as 11-year member, Sgt. Geoffrey Kusick, who is on standard administrative leave. 

The BCA will turn over findings to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office once the investigation is complete.

Anyone who is in crisis can get in touch with the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 24/7, by calling 1-800-273-8255, or chatting online here.

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