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Dakota County Attorney: Use of force in Eagan officer-involved shooting justified

Updated: November 13, 2019 10:24 PM

The officers involved in the fatal shooting of Isak Aden will not face criminal charges, according to the Dakota County Attorney's Office. 

In a news release, Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said the use of force by Eagan Police Officer Jacob Peterson and Bloomington Police Officers Matthew Ryan, Anthony Kiehl, Adam Stier and Daniel Nelson was justified.

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Aden died after being shot during a confrontation with police on July 2.

According to the Dakota County Attorney's Office, on the evening of July 2, a woman called police and reported her ex boyfriend – identified as Aden – had pulled a gun on her. The woman told police that Aden forced her to drive away from the residence they were at.

After the woman drove the vehicle into oncoming traffic to "create a scene," Aden jumped out of the vehicle.


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Officers were able to later locate Aden along the 1900 block of Seneca Road.

Officers spoke with Aden and asked him to put his firearm down. During the process of the negation, Aden put down and picked up his gun a number of times, the attorney's office said. 

Law enforcement officials at the scene later devised a tactical plan to apprehend Aden that included using flashbangs and "less lethal munitions."

When the plan was put in place, Aden "did not surrender and instead got up from a seated position, lunged for the gun near him, picked it up and began to raise his right hand with it," according to the attorney's office.

Five law enforcement officers then fired at Aden, striking and killing him.

In his justification, Backstrom said it was later determined that Aden had fired the gun after he picked it up.

The county attorney's office said a number of body cameras and squad car videos of the scene were taken in as evidence in the case and reviewed.

Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:

"The life of Isak Aden was lost this past July and the impacts were significant to the Aden family, the officers involved, as well as the community. Today, the Dakota County Attorney's Office reached a decision in the officer-involved shooting death of Isak Aden, concluding that officers were justified in using deadly force."

"We know this is a difficult time for everyone impacted by this situation. I am committed to helping anywhere I can, as individuals work through the process of dealing with their grief, emotions, and well-being.  My hope is that we can begin the long process of healing from this tragic event."

Attorneys for Aden's family released the following statement on Wednesday night:

"The Aden family continues to grieve the loss of Isak and is saddened by Dakota County’s inaction. After reviewing the evidence, it is clear that Isak’s death was avoidable, unnecessary, and unjustified. The Aden family will move forward with their efforts to seek justice and accountability on behalf of Isak," said Matthew Lawlyes, Esq, Wilson Law Group and Ruth Lane, Esq, Lane Law.

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