Friends of Man Killed During Officer-Involved Shooting on Hwy 212 Have Questions

Updated: 02/16/2014 11:40 AM
Created: 02/15/2014 8:46 PM
By: Brandi Powell

People gathered Saturday afternoon to remember a couple killed in an officer-involved shooting last Friday.

Police say 36-year-old Matthew Serbus and 34-year-old Dawn Pfister of Elkhorn, Wis., led police on a chase in a stolen car in Eden Prairie before crashing into a wall on Highway 212.

According to police, officers then shot Serbus after he exited the car, took out a knife and ignored commands to drop it. They then shot Pfister after she picked up the knife.

At a memorial at the Maple Grove Arboretum on Saturday, friends remembered a man they say is gone too soon.

Pauly Hoffman, a long-time friend of Serbus said, “Matt was kind of a goofy friend of the bunch, he was always smiling, fun to be around, he attracted fun people."

Moreover, Serbus's friends say they still have many unanswered questions.

“How can two people be shot dead over just a knife?" Hoffman said. "What really happened? What kind of force was really necessary?”

Serbus’ friends admit he had a rap sheet that included trouble with the law.

“That’s definitely not how we remember Matt," Hoffman said. "In our minds matt was not a criminal, he was a friend, and he was a good person and we loved him."

Law enforcement tells KSTP a knife is indeed considered a lethal weapon.

Pfister’s father tells KSTP he’s still thinking about filing a lawsuit, because he doesn’t believe his daughter was enough of a threat to be killed.


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