May 06, 2018 10:15 PM
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has obtained dash camera video, from several north metro police departments, which captures a high-speed chase and officer involved shooting in Brooklyn Center.
The chase happened February 6 and involved officers from Brooklyn Center, Crystal and Robbinsdale.
Investigators determined 32-year-old, Justin Procai, was the driver of a van being pursued by law enforcement and he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound as officers moved in to arrest him in the 4900 block of Brooklyn Boulevard.
To avoid a conflict of interest, the Brooklyn Center Police Department asked the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office to investigate the case and it was recently determined the officers who participated in the chase and attempted arrest acted properly and within the scope of their training.
In the squad car video, responding police departments pursue Procai's van, from approximately Highway 100 and County Rd. 81, north to Brooklyn Boulevard.
A Robbinsdale squad car video captures the moment officers use what's known as a "pit maneuver" to push Procai's vehicle off the street and into a parking lot.
A Brooklyn Center squad car video then records officers setting up a perimeter around Procai's stalled vehicle and just moments later, there is a single gunshot heard coming from inside Procai's van.
The recording shows police returning fire, but not with lethal ammunition, but something referred to as "less lethal," which are live rounds similar to heavily-weighted been bags.
After a lengthy pause in activity coming from Procai's van, two armored police vehicles approach his vehicle where Procai was found with a gunshot wound to his head.
Procai was transported to a local hospital and died a short time later. An autopsy by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner determined the gunshot wound which killed Procai was self-inflicted.
KSTP's attempts to reach Procai's family for comment have been unsuccessful.
Updated: May 06, 2018 10:15 PM
Created: May 06, 2018 09:49 PM
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