Carver County Attorney Announces No Charges in the Fatal Shooting of Archer Amorosi

October 11, 2018 06:12 PM

The Carver County Attorney's Office announced Thursday it will not charge the two Carver County deputies who fatally shot 16-year-old Archer Amorosi. 

According to the county attorney's decision, the use of force by Corporal Jake Hodge and Deputy Travis Larson was justified under Minnesota law. 


Amorosi was shot at his home in Chanhassen on July 13. Amorosi's mother had called 911 to report her son was threatening her and making suicidal comments.

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While at the scene Hodge and Larson fired their weapons, striking and killing Amorosi.

A third deputy used his Taser during the exchange.

The BCA stated Amorosi refused to exit the house after authorities arrived at the scene, despite multiple orders from law enforcement. The BCA reported deputies tried to use a Taser and pepper spray through a window of the house.

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According to the BCA, when Amorosi did exit the house, he held a hatchet and what appeared to be a handgun. The BCA later reported Amorosi was carrying a BB gun. At that point, deputies tried using the stun gun on him once more.

"Unfortunately, once Archer charged at Corporal Hodge 'in a full sprint' with the hatchet, less than lethal force was no longer a plausible option," a memo from the Carver County Attorney's Office read. "Once Corporal Hodge was placed in a life-threatening position, he and Deputy Larson used reasonable force to stop the threat. Their actions are reasonable under law and there is no legal bias to charge either with a crime." 

Amorosi died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the medical examiner.


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