Man, officers involved in deadly confrontation in Robbinsdale identified
The man who was shot and killed during an armed confrontation with Robbinsdale police was identified Monday.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as 47-year-old Brian Eugene Andren.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension identified the officers involved as:
- Sgt. Brian Sloat, a 17-year veteran of the Robbinsdale Police Department, and
- Officer John Tomczik, who’s been with the department for over a year.
The BCA said Tomczik only discharged his Taser while Sloat discharged his firearm.
According to Robbinsdale Police, officers attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle in which the registered owner had an active felony warrant out for their arrest at about 10:51 a.m. Friday. A short pursuit ensued before the vehicle was disabled.
Andren then got out of the vehicle while holding a knife. Police said Andren ignored several commands from officers to drop the knife, and attempts to use a Taser on him were unsuccessful.
Police said Andren charged at officers with the knife "in an aggressive manner" and officers fired their guns at him in response. Lifesaving measures were attempted but Andren was pronounced dead at the scene.
The BCA is leading the investigation, which remains ongoing.