AITKIN, Minn. (KMSP) - The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating after officers fatally shot a 50-year-old woman who threatened to kill herself and fired multiple shots at officers during a 90-minute standoff on March 29.
Denise Renie Fairchild died of a gunshot wound to the torso after she was shot at 340th Place, a half-mile north of State Highway 210 near the French Lake Wildlife Management Area in Aitkin, Minn. She was transported to North Memorial in Robbinsdale where she was pronounced dead at 10:01 p.m., the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office said.
The BCA said Fairchild was threatening to kill herself and fired multiple shots at officers.
"According to the preliminary investigation, when law enforcement arrived, the woman remained in her vehicle and displayed a firearm, threatening to harm herself. Over approximately 90 minutes, responding officers attempted to convince the woman to discard her weapons. At one point she emerged from the vehicle. At least twice during the exchange, the woman fired shots at the officers. At around 7:10 p.m. officers returned fire, striking the woman," the BCA said in a news release.
The BCA identified the officers involved as:
• Deputy Lawrence Derksen has been with the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office for 24 years
• Deputy Greg Payment has been with the sheriff’s office for 10 years
• Lt. Jeff Koehn has been a conservation officer with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for 10 years
All three officers have been placed on standard administrative leave. Once the investigation is complete, the BCA will turn its findings over to the Aitkin County attorney’s office.