Family Identifies Man Shot, Killed by Hastings Police

October 02, 2018 10:10 PM

Family members told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the man shot and killed by Hastings police Monday night was 23-year-old Keagan Johnson-Lloyd. 

Johnson-Lloyd's mother, Tanya Johnson, told KSTP her son "had a big heart" and struggled with mental illness and addiction for half of his young life.

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"He loved helping people," Johnson said.  "I mean, anybody who ever met him said, 'your son is so wonderful and he's so helpful', and so I just don't understand what happened."

Johnson said she received a phone call from Hastings police telling her they were looking for her son and she said she asked them to call her first when they found him to help police understand his condition and how he might react.

"And, I only got a call that he was shot and that's all I know," Johnson said. "I actually got a call from a girl who is a friend of his and she said she saw on the news that someone was shot and I think it's Keagan and my whole world ended."

Johnson said she had pushed for Keagan to get help for his mental illness before his ongoing treatment for addiction because she thought the mental illness needed attention before the addiction treatment could work.

"I really wish there was more on the mental illness treatment before his addiction treatment, because I think his constant struggles with addiction worsened his mental condition and probably led to what happened last night," Johnson said.

Johnson said Keagan was writing a book for young people struggling with mental illness and addiction and sharing his journey with them so they would not feel as alone as he did during his struggles.

"He struggled with suicide many times," Johnson said. "He just always hurt and he said 'if you could be in my mind, you would know that I don't want to be here.'"

BCA investigators said an officer fired after spotting the man, suspected in being involved in a stabbing at a group home. Johnson-Lloyd died at the scene.

Officers responded to the stabbing report around 3:40 p.m. Investigators say they found a victim with multiple stab wounds but the suspect had fled.

RELATED: BCA: Man Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting in Hastings Suspect in Stabbing at Group Home

In a release, BCA officials say just before 6:15 p.m., two officers responded to reports from a 911 caller saying the suspect in the group home stabbing was walking in the area of 15th Street and Walnut Street in Hastings.

"We have a lot of people who stop in during the week," said Julie Kocher, Associate Pastor of the Resurrection United Methodist Church.

It's located on the same street as the shooting. The next morning, she expressed her concern over possibly knowing the man who had been shot and killed. 

"I am anxious to see who the individual was that was shot and just obviously we're praying for everyone involved," she said.

Johnson-Lloyd's mother told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS her son struggled with mental illness. She said police told her he was involved in the stabbing at a sober living home in Hastings before the shooting but she didn't know how serious the victim's injuries were.

Neighbors living in the area of the shooting said all they heard were two gunshots.

"I heard a quick 'pop-pop!'" said Jerry Swanson, who lives across the street from where the shooting happened. "He was definitely, fatally injured instantly with the two shots. That was pretty obvious to tell."

RELATED: Sources Confirm Officer-Involved Shooting in Hastings

Hastings police say they have yet to file the police report on the stabbing.

The BCA says they won't be releasing any names of the involved officers until all interviews have been completed.

According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, there have been 30 deadly police shootings across the state in the last three years.  Below is a breakdown by year of fatal and non-fatal officer-involved shootings in Minnesota.

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