December 19, 2017 10:12 PM
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified the man shot by police officers at Minneapolis City Hall Monday as 18-year-old Marcus Fischer.
A Hennepin County Medical Center official said there was no update on his condition Monday afternoon.
Fischer had been brought to City Hall Monday for questioning regarding a shooting, according to a source close to the incident. Fischer confessed to the shooting, the source says, and detectives left him alone in an interrogation room while they got him some water. The room was guarded by two police officers.
The source says that officers then heard a commotion, and entered the room to find Fischer injuring himself with what they believe was a knife. One or both officers attempted to use a Taser on him, though it appeared to have no effect. The source says Fischer then lunged at the officers before they both fired shots at him.
He was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center and underwent surgery Monday evening, according to the source.
Police union President Bob Kroll says officers pleaded with Fischer for 10 minutes to stop harming himself before he lunged and they fired their weapons. Kroll said video footage shows the officers acted appropriately.
"It shows that the officers, first and foremost, instead of taking a life, they saved a life," Kroll said. "They did de-escalation. This guy was committed to killing himself; The officers had no alternative."
The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is handling the investigation. Multiple officers have been placed on standard administrative leave.
Updated: December 19, 2017 10:12 PM
Created: December 19, 2017 05:10 PM
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