Family seeks answers after officer-involved shooting in Eagan

Updated: July 08, 2019 05:29 PM

The family of Isak Abdirahman Aden gathered in Minneapolis on Monday morning to ask state investigators to release more information on his death after an officer-involved shooting in Eagan last week.

Aden, 23, of Columbia Heights, died of multiple gunshot wounds from the deadly encounter last Tuesday night, according to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.


"He didn't deserve to die the way he did,” said Sumaya Aden, his sister. “I refuse to be silent and will never rest until his justice is served.”

Aden’s family said he was a semester away from graduating college and worked in the banking industry as he went through school.

"My brother's work ethic was unquestionable for, not only himself, but for us as well, he had goals and dreams just like any of us," said Sumaya Aden.

Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS they continue to conduct initial interviews with officers and witnesses.

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The names of the officers who fired their weapons will be released once all who took part in or witnessed the incident have made themselves available to be interviewed by BCA agents, according to the department.

Eagan police and law enforcement officers from several other area agencies were involved in the standoff.

Eagan police say they encountered Aden after getting a 911 call that he was involved in a domestic assault involving a gun Tuesday evening.

Aden was later spotted in the area off Highway 13 and Seneca road, according to police.

"Officers asked the man to put down his gun and follow their directions, they attempted to negotiate with him for several hours, at some point during negotiation, shots were fired," said Eagan Chief Roger New, last week.

Aden’s family spoke out for the first time on Monday at a news conference at the Minnesota Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

"Our community was rocked, last week, with another officer-involved shooting," said Jaylani Hussein, CAIR Executive Director.

CAIR staff is helping the family push for the release of video, reports and police audio from the incident as soon as possible.

The BCA said they have meet with the family and will share video with them once the case is closed.

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