Officer identified in Plymouth Arby's shooting that left suspect dead


Authorities have named the officer involved in Thursday's fatal shooting at an Arby's in Plymouth.

Officer Amy Therkelsen is a seven-year veteran at the Plymouth Police Department, the Department of Public Safety stated in a press release. A second officer who witnessed the shooting was identified as Christopher Hendrickson, an eight-year veteran.

The press release details the following incident:

Therkelsen responded to a reported disturbance at the Plymouth Arby's around 8:20 p.m. The officer was informed the subject had a weapon inside the restaurant.

When Therkelsen arrived on the scene, two people were trying to "subdue the subject." When the man did not follow her commands, she used a taser, which was "ineffective."

Therkelsen tried to subdue him physically, resulting in a fight in which the man tried to get Therkelsen's weapon from her holster. She "gained control of her weapon and fired at the subject, fatally striking him," the release states.

Officer Hendrickson arrived at the scene before the shot was fired, and no other weapons were recovered from the restaurant.

Both officers are on administrative leave, which is standard in officer-involved shootings. Therkelsen reportedly suffered minor injuries and did not require medical treatment.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has launched an investigation. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy and has yet to identify the victim.

The Arby's reopened for business Friday. At the time of the incident, businesses in the area were temporarily evacuated.

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