An officer fatally shot an armed man who was suspected of felony domestic assault.
Deputies with the Fillmore County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of domestic assault Sunday at around 1:30 p.m., but when they got to the home the suspect had fled, a news release says.
The Rochester/Olmsted Emergency Response Unit was called into help, and officials tracked down the suspect – identified as 45-year-old Kristofer Daniel Youngquist – at his Lanesboro home, but he refused to cooperate with officers.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which was called into investigate, says preliminary findings show officials negotiated with Younquist for about three hours. One of the officers fatally shot Youngquist after he pointed a rifle at the officers, a news release says. It was later determined that the weapon was a pellet gun.
The officer who shot Youngquist has been identified as Sgt. Steven Thompson, a 20-year veteran with the Rochester Police Department and a member of the Emergency Response Team. He is on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.
KTTC is reporting this is the first time a member of the Emergency Response Unit has been involved in a fatal shooting since the unit was established in 1983. The unit, which has special training, responds to high-risk situations.
The BCA continues to investigate this incident.
The Washington Post keeps a running count of how many people have been fatally shot by police in the United States. So far this year, 776 people have been killed by officers. Eleven shootings have occurred in Minnesota this year, but that data does not include this most recent incident.
In 2015, 991 people were fatally shot by police, the paper says, including 12 in Minnesota.
According to the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, at least 12 people in Minnesota have been killed as a result of domestic violence this year.
The group’s 2015 Femicide report found 34 people died from domestic violence last year, including 22 women, nine family members/friends, and at least three men.
October marks domestic violence awareness month. There are various events planned around the state to raise awareness and funds for domestic violence victims.
Anyone who thinks they are in an unsafe relationship is encouraged to call 911 or the Domestic Abuse Project at 612-874-7063. For more ways to get help, check out these links gathered by the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women.