Man, deputy identified in fatal Mounds View police incident

A Shoreview man has been identified as the person who fired a gun at police in Mounds View last week before an officer hit the suspect with his squad car.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner said 48-year-old Troy Allen Engstrom died from multiple blunt force injuries due to a pedestrian/motor vehicle collision. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the incident.

The BCA on Tuesday night identified the Ramsey County deputy involved in the incident as Sgt. Donald Rindal, a 22-year law enforcement veteran. He’s currently on administrative leave.

The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to the 2200 block of Mounds View Boulevard at 10:40 a.m. on Wednesday to help Mounds View Police with a felony domestic assault that involved a gun being fired at AmericInn.

There, law enforcement helped ensure the domestic violence victim’s safety and learned the suspect’s description. Officers located the man, identified as Engstrom, a short time later in the 5200 block of Pinewood Court, and he raised a gun and fired at the approaching squads, narrowly missing two officers and damaging one Mounds View and one Ramsey County squad. At that time, the deputy who was shot at used his squad to hit the suspect, the sheriff’s office said.

Authorities then started rendering aid to the suspect before he was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center. He died from his injuries later that night.

The BCA investigation into Rindal’s use of force continues. Mounds View Police and the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate the domestic assault and shots fired.