December 19, 2017 07:15 PM
A high-ranking law enforcement source at Minneapolis City Hall tells KSTP that it was a "total breakdown" in security protocol that allowed a suspect to have what officers believe was a knife in an interrogation room Monday night.
Shortly before 5 p.m., that suspect began stabbing himself, attempted to slash his own throat and lunged at officers before they opened fire.
A source on Tuesday identified the suspect as 18-year-old Marcus Fischer.
KSTP has learned the incident began shortly after the Fischer had confessed to a shooting and detectives had stepped out to get him water.
The source says the fact that the suspect had a weapon in his interrogation put everyone in that area of the building in jeopardy – including civilians and police officers.
The chief’s office is less than 40 feet away from the room – number 108 – which is home to the police department's investigative unit.
Police Union President Bob Kroll said officers spent 10 minutes trying to get the man to drop the knife before they opened fire.
Sources also say the officers tried to use a Taser on Fischer to no avail.
The incident was caught on video.
“It shows that the officers, first and foremost, instead of taking a life, they saved a life," Kroll said. "They did de-escalation. This guy was committed to killing himself; The officers had no alternative.”
Multiple offices are now on standard, paid administrative leave as the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension takes over the investigation.
On Tuesday, the police department was referring all questions to state investigators.
“If the public could see the video, there would be no questioning (why the shooting occurred)," Kroll said. "This was a very gory scene.”
Updated: December 19, 2017 07:15 PM
Created: December 19, 2017 03:31 PM
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