Man shot dead in confrontation with Ramsey County Sheriff’s deputies in Vadnais Heights

Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating an April 16 shooting in Vadnais Heights that left a man dead and several Ramsey County deputies on leave. 

The shooting, which occurred around 9:30 p.m. in the 3200 block of Fanum Road, stemmed from a confrontation a man identified as Darren Robert Jahnke, 47, had with Ramsey County sheriff’s deputies, according to an April 19 BCA press release. Jahnke was shot by a deputy after he allegedly disarmed another.

The release said deputies Sara Naglosky and Andre Rongitsch, who have been with the department for four months and 12 years, respectively, were on routine patrol in the area of Interstate 694 and Highway 61 when they spotted a parked RV and car that they deemed “suspicious” at 3250 Fanum Road. 

Upon further inquiry, the deputies found a woman inside the car and a man inside the RV. 

Once additional deputies arrived, identified by the BCA as Lisa Daly and Doug Haider, all four entered the RV, according to the release. 

During a confrontation inside the RV, Rongitsch shot Jahnke after he “disarmed one of the deputies,” the BCA said.

“The four deputies immediately rendered first aid and requested an ambulance,” according to the release. Jahnke was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul and pronounced dead from the gunshot wound.

According to the release, the woman occupying the car was interviewed and released. 

The deputies, who were not wearing body cameras, were not harmed and are all on standard administrative leave, the BCA said. 

The shooting is still under investigation and additional information will be released after law enforcement officials conduct interviews with witnesses and those involved, the BCA said. Once the BCA investigation is complete, the case will be turned over to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office for review.

Along with Arden Hills, Shoreview and Little Canada, Vadnais Heights is one of several cities that contracts for police services from the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office.


Jesse Poole can be reached at or at 651-748-7815. 


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