Man shot by Edina police pointed a BB gun at officer, charges say


The man who was shot by Edina police over the weekend has been charged in connection with the incident.

Colin Peter Reinsmoen, 35, was charged with felony possession of a firearm by an ineligible person and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon after he pointed a black semi-automatic BB gun at officers, the criminal complaint says.

The officers, who were identified Wednesday as Keith Boerger and David Boosalis, were called to the Edina home by Reinsmoen's distressed parents, who said he had threatened them.

According to the complaint:

On Aug. 8, Reinsmoen's parents called police after they confronted him about getting help related to his mental health issues. He told his mother he could "take her down" and told his father "I could lay you out."

Before police arrived, Reinsmoen moved to the couch and covered himself with a blanket. Upon officers' arrival, his parents told him people were there to help him.

Reinsmoen refused to show officers what was under the blanket, but eventually threw the blanket to the side and raised what looked like a handgun, pointing it directly at one of the officers.

The two officers fired and struck Reinsmoen, who was taken into custody and transported to the hospital. He needed surgery, but is expected to make a full recovery.

Police recovered a black semi-automatic BB gun from the scene.

Reinsmoen, who has a long criminal history that includes convictions for controlled substance crimes, simple robbery and violation of a domestic abuse no-contact order, appeared in court Tuesday, where bail was set at $100,000.

If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine for the firearms charge, plus seven years in prison and a fine up to $14,000 for the assault charge.

As for the officers-involved shooting, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is investigating their use of force.

In a news release Wednesday, Edina Police Chief Dave Nelson said he believes his officers handled the situation in an appropriate and reasonable manner under the circumstances.

Both Boerger, who has been an officer since 2003, and Boosalis, an eight-year veteran with the department, have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is department policy.

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