Deputy shoots and kills man in Lake Elmo

Deputy shoots and kills man in Lake Elmo

An investigation is underway after a man was shot and killed by a Washington County Sheriff’s deputy in Lake Elmo just after midnight the morning of April 12.

The sheriff’s office, which provides police service to Lake Elmo, received a call at around 12:10 a.m. about a 23-year-old man who had made “suicidal comments,” according to a sheriff’s office press release. 

Deputies found the man in downtown Lake Elmo, near the intersection of Lake Elmo Avenue and 34th Street North, and saw he was armed with a handgun, the release said.

After talking to the man to de-escalate the situation, deputies eventually turned to “less lethal ammunition,” the release said.

Chief Deputy Brian Mueller with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office explained that the ammunition was bean bag rounds shot from a 12-gauge shotgun.

He said a deputy then shot the man with a gun, although Mueller added that he was unable to discuss why the 23-year-old was shot because of the ongoing investigation. Mueller would not say if alcohol was a contributing factor in the shooting.

Paramedics tried to save the man’s life at the scene and he was transported to Regions Hospital where he was later pronounced dead, the release said.

The Oakdale Police Department, Woodbury Public Safety Department, Minnesota State Patrol, Lake Elmo Fire Department and Lakeview Ambulance responded to the shooting.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is now handling the investigation, and the press release said that it is still being determined if the shooting was captured on any police body camera or squad car dashboard camera footage.

“The BCA is still in the very early stages of its investigation,” said Jill Oliveira, the public information officer for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, on behalf of the BCA. 

She added, “Once we get through the initial round of interviews with incident participants and any witnesses we’ll be able to provide additional details, including the names of those involved.”


– Aundrea Kinney

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