BCA: Couple shot after Hwy 212 chase had a knife


The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has released more information on a high-speed chase and shooting that left two people dead along Highway 212 in Eden Prairie last week.

The BCA identified the four officers who were involved in the shooting. In a press release, the BCA says Sergeant Brady Juell and officer Trent Wurtz of the Chaska Police Department, Trooper Mark Lund of the Minnesota State Patrol and Corporal Nathan Mueller of the Carver County Sheriff's Department were involved in the shooting.

According to the BCA, 36-year-old Matthew Vincent Serbus produced a knife after he and Dawn Marie Pfister, 34 emerged from the vehicle. The BCA says Serbus ignored repeated commands from the officers to drop the weapon before officers shot him. The BCA says Pfister then grabbed the knife and she was also shot.

According to the BCA, the knife was recovered from the scene. The BCA says it is testing evidence collected at the scene.

FOX 9 reports officers responded to reports of a vehicle driving erratically around 7:30 a.m. Feb. 7, at high speeds near Highway 212 and Carver County Road 51 after leaving the scene of a reported rear-end crash.

The BCA says the pursuit reached speeds of 80 to 90 miles an hour before ending in a crash near Dell Road in Eden Prairie.

The Red Saab involved in the chase and crash had been reported stolen in Colorado days earlier, according to the BCA. The couple were also suspects in an attempted car theft case in Minnesota, weeks before the chase.

Those who knew the couple are still left with many questions, according to the Star Tribune.

Pauly Hoffman, a longtime friend of Serbus, told the newspaper police should have used a Taser or other methods to stop Serbus.

Hoffman told the Star Tribune the couple was returning to Minnesota after visiting friends in Colorado to face pending criminal charges with the hope they would be able to start a new life together.

"They weren't violent people," Hoffman told the newspaper. "Something went horribly wrong."

The BCA says the investigation into the incident is active and ongoing. Once the investigation is complete the BCA will present findings to the Hennepin County Attorney for review.

Those investigations often take several months to complete.

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