Family seeks answers following officer-involved shooting death in Minnetonka


The family of a man shot and killed by Minnetonka police officers Wednesday is questioning how the incident could have happened, the Star Tribune reports.

Hennepin County officials Thursday identified the shooting victim as Michael Regner Tray, 27, of Austin, Minn. Tray was killed in a shootout with police in an underground parking garage at the Claremont Apartments in Minnetonka. Tray was reportedly at the apartment complex visiting his girlfriend.

Tray's stepfather, Jim Greer, of Austin, told the Star Tribune Thursday that "the kid had a lot to live for" and "he wasn't a troublemaker."

The paper says Tray had no violent criminal record.

According to authorities, police responded to a call from a resident of the apartment building at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, saying there was a man who didn't live there who was seen with a cocked revolver. When they arrived at the complex, police reportedly confronted Tray in the underground garage.

Another resident of the apartment building told the Minnetonka Patch that she first heard one shot — followed by three successive shots – come from the underground garage, which was cordoned off by police.

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident.

Greer told the Star Tribune that Tray recently graduated from St. Cloud State University and was fixing up his late father's house in Ottumwa, Iowa, where he found a vintage .44 Magnum revolver.

Because of a rash of burglaries in the area of the apartment complex, Greer believes Tray brought the gun with him to his girlfriend's apartment so it wouldn't be stolen.

The incident marked the first officer-involved shooting fatality in the Minnetonka Police Department's history, officials say.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says there have been five officer-involved shooting deaths in the state this year.

Among the incidents is the high-profile shooting death of 22-year-old Terrance Franklin in Minneapolis May 10.

According to police, Franklin fled a traffic stop in south Minneapolis and broke into a home near 27th and Bryant. Authorities said a struggle ensued, and Franklin grabbed a police submachine gun and fired, wounding two officers.

Franklin was killed in the shootout.

His family and friends disputed accounts of the incident, and launched protests against the Minneapolis Police Department.

A grand jury cleared police of any wrongdoing in September, and the two wounded officers were honored for their heroics earlier this month.

Franklin's family is still planning on filing a civil lawsuit.

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