Scott County Attorney's Office rules Shakopee officer was justified in use of deadly force

Scott County Attorney's Office rules Shakopee officer was justified in use of deadly force Photo: KSTP

February 15, 2019 04:02 PM

The Scott County Attorney's Office has ruled that a Shakopee police officer was justified in using deadly force when he fatally shot 61-year-old James Paul Hanchett last November.

According to a release, officers Thor Carlson and McKenzie Lampman responded to a residence on the 800 block of Apgar Street in Shakopee on Nov. 9 to investigate a fire alarm. Because they were responding to a fire alarm, the release said their body cameras were not initially activated.


RELATED: Family of Shakopee man killed by police say shooting is 'terrible mistake'

But the release said both officers stated Hanchett pointed a gun at them when he opened the front door. It was at that time that Carlson, who was acting as a Field Training Officer training Lampman, said he fired three-to-four shots.

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It was at that point that the officers activated their body cameras, but the release said the recording actually captures video of the 30 seconds prior (though not audio). In that video, the release said, a firearm pointed at Carlson can be seen in Hanchett's left hand.

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