Man Shot by Police in City Hall Charged in NE Minneapolis Shooting

December 20, 2017 10:15 PM

The 18-year-old man who was shot by police in an investigative unit inside Minneapolis City Hall has been charged in the crime for which he was brought in for questioning.

Marcus Fischer remains hospitalized for wounds he sustained when he stabbed himself before being shot by police Monday night.


Authorities say Fischer shot a man who had just sold him a handgun in northeast Minneapolis the evening of Dec. 13.

KSTP has confirmed, through a family member, that the man who was allegedly shot by Fischer is 21-year-old, Daniel Deaton.

According to state records, Deaton turns 22 on Christmas Eve. His last address is listed in Elk River.

Daniel Deaton's father, Jason Deaton, said his son is doing better each day and "should be fine." But he declined to comment further, other than to say he is happy to hear someone has been charged in the shooting of his son.

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According to the criminal complaint, officers were sent to an Anoka County gas station that evening about 7:20 p.m. on an emergency medical call. There, they found a passenger in a vehicle with a gunshot wound to the chest.

He was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he remains hospitalized.

Two other occupants of the vehicle, having first told police the man was shot during a road rage incident, later said he was shot during a handgun transaction.

The gunshot victim had been looking to sell a Kel-Tech 9mm handgun, and one of the witnesses suggested Fischer was interested in buying.

The three men met Fischer on the 1400 block of 5th Street Northeast, and pulled into an alley to make the gun deal, according to the complaint. 

Fischer then took possession of the 9mm, produced his own handgun, said something like "It's mine now," and shot the man in the chest, the complaint says. Fischer then left the scene with both weapons.

Police: Wednesday Shooting Occurred in Minneapolis, Not Ham Lake

The victim and two other men then drove to a Ham Lake gas station and called police.

Cell phone data linked Fischer and the witnesses who said they set up the deal. Police later arrested Fischer and conducted a search of his home, where they found the Kel-Tech 9mm in his bedroom. 

In Monday's interview at City Hall, Fischer denied he was the shooter, but said he helped facilitate the gun meeting and helped the actual shooter rob the victim, according to the complaint.

It was after that interview Fischer attempted to harm himself in the interrogation room with what Police Chief Medaria Arradondo called an "edged weapon." Two police officers guarding the room hear the commotion and attempted to subdue Fischer, including with a Taser, a source with knowledge of the incident said. 

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Those attempts were unsuccessful, and Fischer reportedly lunged at the officers, who then shot him. 

He was taken to and remains at HCMC. His condition was not made available Wednesday. A court date has not been set, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office says. 

Fischer faces one count of first-degree assault, one count of first-degree robbery and one count of firearm possession after being a delinquent convicted of a violent crime. All are felonies. He faces a maximum of 55 years in prison and/or $95,000 in fines. 

The officers involved have been placed on standard paid administrative leave following the shooting. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is handling the investigation.


Michael Oakes

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