Man Who Fatally Shot Knife-Wielding Driver in Fridley Crash Will Not be Charged

Man Who Fatally Shot Knife-Wielding Driver in Fridley Crash Will Not be Charged Photo: KSTP

May 31, 2018 10:28 AM

The man who fatally shot a knife-wielding man on Central Avenue in February will not be charged, the Anoka County Attorney's Office announced Thursday.

Simon Matthew Schiffler, 33, was involved in a four-vehicle accident near the intersection of Central and Medtronic Parkway in Fridley just after 4 p.m. on Feb. 14.


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According to the attorney's office, Schiffler got out of his vehicle, grabbed a woman and began forcefully groping and kissing her. He also, the attorney's office said, stabbed at the window of a nearby car with a 4-inch knife.

Another motorist unholstered his gun and told Schiffler to stop. According to the attorney's office, Schiffler then raised his knife and charged at the man with the gun. The man shot him three times, and Schiffler died from his injuries.

"The evidence demonstrates the shooter had no reasonable ability to further retreat, given the physical surroundings, proximity of other people and the actions of Schiffler," the attorney's office said in a press release.

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"The shooter had reason to believe he and others were in imminent danger."

The attorney's office said, under Minnesota law, the shooting of Schiffler was "a justifiable use of force."


Anthony Brousseau

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