MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - The 18-year-old man who was shot by Minneapolis police officers in an interview room at City Hall has been charged for the crime he was under investigation for at the time of the shooting.
Marcus Fischer of Minneapolis was charged Wednesday with first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and possession of a handgun. He remains hospitalized after Monday's officer-involved shooting.
DEC. 13 ROBBERY AND SHOOTING
According to charges, on Dec. 13, a man was attempting to sell a Kel-Tech 9mm handgun. His friend called Fischer, who expressed interest in purchasing the gun.
They met Fischer on the 1400 block of 5th Street Northeast in Minneapolis. The group pulled into an alley to conduct the transaction.
Fischer reportedly took the handgun, pulled out his own gun and said something to the effect of "It's mine now." He then shot the seller in the chest and left the scene with both weapons.
The seller's friends drove the wounded man to a gas station in Anoka County, where they called 911. His friends initially claimed he was shot during a road rage incident, but later admitted he was shot under other circumstances. The victim remains hospitalized.
Police recovered both the Kel-Tech handgun and bullets similar to those shot by the other handgun at Fischer's home.
OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING AT MINNEAPOLIS CITY HALL
Fischer was arrested and was questioned at Minneapolis City Hall on Monday. According to several sources, he confessed to the robbery and shooting on Dec. 13.
When investigators left him alone in the interview room, Fischer started stabbing himself in the neck and chest. Officers tried to de-escalate the situation - even using a taser - until they shot him.
Fischer remains hospitalized at the Hennepin County Medical Center. No date has been set for his first court appearance.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the officer-involved shooting. The officers involved have been placed on standard administrative leave, but have not yet been identified.