Marcus Golden death investigation moved, attorney calls for federal probe

The investigation into the officer-involved shooting that killed 24-year-old Marcus Golden in St. Paul, Minn. has been moved to Washington County due to a conflict of interest. Meanwhile, the family's attorney is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to open a civil rights investigation into the death.

Conflict of interest

One of the St. Paul police officers involved in the shooting is the son of an employee at the Ramsey County attorney's office. On Jan. 20, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi asked Washington County Attorney Pete Orput to take the case.

Civil rights investigation

According to attorney J. Ashwin Madia, Ericka Cullars-Golden "believes that the most fair and credible way to proceed" with the investigation of her son's death is with a civil rights investigation by the Justice Department.

Case background

St. Paul police said officers Dan Peck and Jeremy Doverspike were called to an apartment building on University Avenue on Jan. 14 on a report that Marcus Golden was sending death threats over text messages to an ex-girlfriend.

Officers found Golden sitting in the driver's seat of a vehicle parked facing the squad car at the Valley Hi-Rise. As officers approached the vehicle, they say Golden started speeding right at them, forcing them to shoot several times. Golden died at the scene.

Officers recovered a loaded handgun in the car, within Golden's reach.

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