MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (KMSP) - The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension identified the police officers who fired a gun and Tasers at a man in Maple Grove earlier this week.
All the officers involved are part of the Maple Grove Police Officer Jeff Albers, a 20-year veteran, fired his gun. Officer David Anton, a 27-year veteran, fired his and Officer Albers' Tasers. Officer Darren Struckmann, a 10-year veteran, also fired his Taser.
Wednesday afternoon, police responded to a 50-year-old DeWayne Franklin Burlingham's home in the 9600 block of Trenton Lane North after a 911 hang-up call. According to preliminary investigation, soon after the officers were invited in the home, Burlingham began injuring himself with a knife, while shouting "shoot me" at the officers. Officer Anton fired his and Officer Albers' Tasers, but they were ineffective.
Then, Burlingham came at them with the knife and Officer Albers shot him. Burlingham got back on his feet and started injuring himself with the knife again. The officers repeatedly tried to convince him to drop the knife. Officer Struckman fired his Taser, causing Burlingham to fall and drop the knife.
After the officers restrained Burlingham, emergency crews took him to the hospital. He is still at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.
A Taser camera recorded some of the incident, but not the shooting. The officers were not wearing body cameras.
The case is still under investigation by the BCA.