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Man killed by officers in St. Cloud identified

Kirby Hengel. Photo: Courtesy of the St. Paul Police Department. Kirby Hengel.

Josh Skluzacek
Updated: September 30, 2020 09:09 PM
Created: September 30, 2020 08:30 PM

The man killed by officers in St. Cloud Tuesday night following a carjacking and shooting in St. Paul the night before has been identified.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety identified the man as 27-year-old Kirby Joseph Michael Hengel. An autopsy determined he died from multiple gunshot wounds.

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According to DPS, a witness was also injured during the incident and was treated at a St. Cloud hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. That person was released Wednesday morning.

Police: Man wanted in connection to incident in St. Paul shot, killed by officers in St. Cloud

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the shooting that killed Hengel and will determine whether or not video or audio was captured by squad or body cameras.

DPS said a gun was recovered next to Hengel's body.

Hengel was being sought by authorities after a carjacking and shooting in St. Paul on Monday night. The St. Paul officer who fired his weapon after shots were fired at officers has been identified as Alec Cruz, a four-year veteran of the department. He's on standard administrative leave. DPS said portions of that incident were caught on body cameras.

The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office today identified the man who died during a confrontation with law enforcement Tuesday night in St. Cloud. The medical examiner said Kirby Joseph Michael Hengel, 27, no permanent address, died of multiple gunshot wounds.

The BCA will provide its findings after the investigation is completed.


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