Shakopee Police Kill Suspect During Arrest Attempt
A knife-wielding man was shot and killed by two Shakopee police officers on Saturday.
The Pioneer Press reports that Gordon William Denmark, 36, ignored police orders to drop his weapon and was not affected by a Taser used on him.
Denmark was wanted on second-degree assault, second-degree domestic assault and violation of an order for protection charges after allegedly assaulting his estranged spouse and a neighbor with a knife Friday night.
Police arrived at the house to continue their investigation around 4 p.m. Saturday and found evidence that someone had broken into the home. When they entered the house, officers found Denmark hiding in an attic space in a bedroom.
Denmark emerged with a knife in his hand and police say he ignored repeated orders to put the weapon down. One officer tasered Denmark, which did not affect him, and two officers shot him out of fear for their own lives. Denmark died on the scene.
The Star Tribune reports that the officers involved in the incident have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is currently investigating the incident.