CHANHASSEN, Minn. (KMSP) - Documents, including a transcript of the 911 call, released by the Carver County Sheriff's Office are shedding new light on the officer-involved shooting that left a 16-year-old boy dead.
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension officials say law enforcement enforcers fatally shot Archer Amorosi Friday after his mother called dispatch saying her son "being violent and destructive" while carrying with knives and baseball bat. When officers arrived, Amorosi refused to leave the home and they unsuccessfully used a Taser and pepper spray through a window to subdue him. Amorosi later ran out the front door holding a hatchet and a "handgun-style BB-gun" and two officers shot Amorosi.
According to the 911 transcript, Amorosi's mother struggled to talk to the dispatcher, speaking through tears. She says her son "won't let her leave" because he trapped her in the garage by disabling the garage door and blocking another door with a riding lawnmower. She told the dispatcher Amorosi has a baseball bat and knives, saying "you're going to need to bring multiple police". She said her son wanted to get in a "show down with the police". The mother also stated officials came to the house just the day before, saying he "needed a medical evaluation and they couldn't do anything."
For the full 911 transcript, click here.
Three officers with the Carver County Sheriff's Office are on standard administrative leave during the investigation: Corporal Jacob Hodge, Deputy Travis Larson and Corporal Josh Baker. During the incident, Corporal Hodge fired his gun, Deputy Larson fired his gun, his Taser and pepper spray and Corporal Baker used his Taser.
Among the three officers, Corporal Hodge is the veteran with 18 years with the department. Documents show he's received multiple awards and suspensions throughout his career.
Hodge has been disciplined four times during his career with Carver County Sheriff's Office. A violation of the Sheriff's Office Standards of Conduct on October 30, 2009 led to a 40-hour unpaid suspension. He was suspended for six hours for another violation on July 13, 2010. He received a written reprimand for a violating a policy regarding domestic abuse reports and forms on December 3, 2010. For violating rules and standards of conduct on June 23, 2010, he was suspended for seven 12-hour shifts.
But despite his disciplinary record, Hodge has received numerous awards, including Office Recognition in 2013 for a response to a mental health call of a person with an assault rifle and a Medal of Distinction in April 2018 for his response to a suicidal female with a knife.
Deputy Larson, who has been with the department for two years, and Corporal Baker, an 11-year veteran have also received awards for "Outstanding Performance." According the released documents, neither Larson or Baker have faced discipline.