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Chaska Officials Discuss Potential Litigation Following Hwy. 212 Shooting

Updated: 02/25/2014 10:40 AM
Created: 02/24/2014 11:35 AM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

The Chaska City Council held a closed door meeting Monday night to discuss a potential litigation claim following the deadly Highway 212 shooting, according to the city.

Thirty-four-year-old Dawn Pfister and 36-year old Matthew Serbus, both from Elkhorn, Wis., died from multiple gunshot wounds following a police chase on Feb. 7, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.

Four officers were placed on administrative leave following the incident, but they have all since returned to duty. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the details of the shooting.

The officers were interviewed immediately after the deadly incident before going on leave, which is standard. The officers where then on leave for several days before being called into the BCA to share more information.

According to the preliminary investigation and officer statements, Serbus showed a knife and ignored repeated commands from officers to drop the weapon. Officers told investigators, they fired at Serbus. Pfister then picked up the knife and they then shot her, officers told investigators.

Pfister's father, Michael Kennedy, says officers used excessive force when they opened fire. Kennedy says he's considering suing for what he calls the wrongful death of his daughter.

Monday's closed meeting took place after an open city council meeting at 7 p.m. at the Chaska City Hall, according to City Administrator Matt Podhradsky.

Podhradsky said the informational meeting was run by the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust, which operates to meet the risk management and insurance needs of Minnesota cities. He said it is standard for cities to hold these types of meetings following an officer-involved shooting.

Last Monday, State Patrol Trooper Mark Lund, who has been with the department for 14 years, was able to return to work, State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said. Officer Nathan Mueller, with Carver County, returned to work last Wednesday, according to Lt. Jason Kamerud with the Carver County Sheriff's Department.

Chaska City officials said both of the city's police officers have also returned. Sergeant Brady Juell, who has been with the Chaska Police Department for 17 years, and Officer Trent Wurtz, who is a 14-year veteran, returned last week.

All departments have said said there is no standard for the amount of time law enforcement officials are required to take off following an officer-involved shooting.


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