Suspect Shot and Killed by Police Outside Ramsey Day Care is Identified

Updated: 08/30/2014 7:13 AM
Created: 08/29/2014 10:14 AM
By: Beth McDonough

Authorities have identified the suspect shot and killed by officers outside of a Ramsey day care Thursday. Authorities say 21-year-old Chaz Michael Havenor was shot by police.

The Ramsey police officers involved in the shooting are Jerad Dixon and Richard Webb.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says Dixon is a nine-year veteran of the Ramsey Police Department, and Webb is a seven-year veteran of the department.

The shooting happened Thursday afternoon outside of the Learning Lodge day care center on 157th Lane Northwest.

According to the Department of Public Safety, Dixon responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle with three men inside at the parking lot of the day care center.

Police say Dixon asked Havenor to exit the vehicle and that's when he allegedly took off running. Webb arrived on the scene around that time, and they both chased Havenor for about 75 feet when he allegedly turned and pointed a gun at them.

Both officers fired and hit the suspect. He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids where he was pronounced dead from multiple gunshot wounds.

The two other suspects in the car were arrested.  

During the incident, the day care was placed in lockdown for about an hour. The children were brought over to a church across the street, and parents arrived in tears to pick them up.

No kids or officers were injured.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigates most of the officer involved shootings in the state, including this one. So far this year, there have been at least 9, last year there were 29 and in 2012 there were 27.

Because both officers Dixon and Webb fired their weapons, they're on standard leave.

Once the BCA is done with its fact-finding, it'll turn over the case to the Anoka County prosecutors office for review to see if the incident warrants any charges.

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