Neighbor Says Shakopee Officer-Involved Shooting Traumatic for Entire Community

November 12, 2018 06:19 PM

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension identified the Shakopee man who was shot and killed by police as 61-year-old James Hanchett.

The shooting occurred on Friday night around 11 p.m. in the 800 block of Apgar Street when Shakopee Police responded to a fire alarm call. 


When police arrived, officials say the 61-year-old confronted officers. While standing in the doorway, police say Hanchett raised a gun and pointed it towards an officer. The department says fearing for his life, an officer fired his weapon, killing Hanchett. 

That Shakopee police officer has been identified by the BCA as Thor Carlson. Carlson has been with the department for 12 years.

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One neighbor tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS this is traumatic for the entire community.

"This is not something that happens very often and it's just a really sad affair," said Steven Pond, a Shakopee resident. 

In his obituary, it says Hanchett was a carpenter and a Mason with the Minnesota River Valley #6 Lodge. It goes on to say he was a great fisherman and hunter.

"It's very disappointing, it's very sad," " Pond said. "You hate to see this kind of situation and you've got to feel for the police officer because he's got to live with it for the rest of his life. There's no getting around that and that's a very traumatic thing for him to go through."

Carlson is on standard administrative leave. The investigation is now in the hands of the BCA.

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