Family searches for answers after Wright County deputies fatally shoot man
What started as a mental health call over the weekend in a northwest Twin Cities suburb turned into a deadly encounter.
Twenty-one-year-old Jordyn Hansen moved in with relatives in Otsego a few months after undergoing mental health treatment, his family says.
“My brother is a very loving kid — he loved BMX, loved bikes — he cared about everyone but he was going through a lot of things that he was seeking help for,” Justine Hansen, Jordyn’s sister, told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.
Early Sunday morning, Hansen’s family called 911 that brought Wright County deputies to their home. It ended with Hansen fatally shot after deputies said he threatened them with a knife.
“I don’t have words to express how we feel right now, there’s nothing that’s going to bring my brother back,” Justine said.
“I don’t understand why the police — knowing the situation — why he was able to go into the kitchen and get a knife,” Justine added. “Why … why wasn’t the situation handled different?”
The sheriff’s office said the deputies tried to use a Taser on Hansen but were unsuccessful. Few other details have been provided thus far.
Justine says the family is trying to process how the mental health call turned deadly.
“When police arrived, he was unarmed — he was unarmed in his room — they knew he had mental health problems, they knew the threat, why did it lead to where it led to?” she asked.
A GoFundMe has been started to help Hansen’s family pay for funeral expenses.