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Man shot by Brooklyn Center police suffered 'substantial psychiatric disorder'

Updated: September 04, 2019 10:23 PM

Hennepin County Court records, obtained by 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, shed more light on the mental illness struggles of 21-year-old Kobe Dimock-Heisler, who was shot and killed by Brooklyn Center police Saturday afternoon.

Brooklyn Center Police responded on Aug. 31 to a "disturbance call" in the 5900 block of Halifax Avenue N. A short time later they interacted with Dimock-Heisler, who was later shot and killed at the home.

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Dimock-Heisler had a hearing in Hennepin County Court in March to determine if his mental illness required a prolonged hospital commitment.

In testimony, a clinical psychiatrist told the court Dimock-Heisler had a "substantial psychiatric disorder and causes him to engage in grossly disturbed behavior, experiences, faulty perceptions and he poses a substantial likelihood of causing physical harm."

The psychiatrist also said, on one occasion in March, Dimock-Heisler acted out in aggression toward his father and was hospitalized "after stabbing himself in the left lower abdomen with an 8 to 10-inch steak knife."

Man shot, killed during struggle with Brooklyn Center police

Brooklyn Park police arrived at the home of Dimock-Heisler's parents around 4 p.m. Saturday, and it's not clear if police recognized, or even knew about, his serious mental illness struggles.

And, investigators have not yet said what happened in the moments just before police used deadly force on Dimock-Heisler, or if he was armed with a weapon at the time.

The BCA heads up the investigation and will not publicly comment on an active case. Investigators have also not publicly named the officers involved in the shooting.

Any officer who fired a weapon during the incident is now on paid leave, which is standard procedure, until the investigation is completed and a final determination is made public.

KSTP briefly talked with Dimock-Heisler's father Wednesday, but he declined to comment until there is more information and the investigation runs its course.

The Dimock-Heisler family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses.

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