Deputy’s use of squad to strike and kill gunman in Mounds View justified, county attorney says

A Ramsey County deputy’s use of his patrol car to strike and kill a gunman in Mound View, Minnesota in September 2021 was a justified use of force, Dakota County Attorney Kathy Keena has determined. , after a review of the case.

Keena announced the finding Wednesday afternoon after reviewing the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s investigation into the incident, the autopsy report and several statements made by officers and witnesses. The Ramsey County District Attorney’s Office has asked the Dakota County District Attorney’s Office to review the incident, according to the news release.

The dash cam video released by Sgt. Don Rindal’s team on September 22 shows the team approaching the stage on the 5200 block of Pinewood Court, where Troy Engstrom is standing on the sidewalk. About 19 seconds into the video, the deputy shouts, “You have a gun; shots have been fired,” as the police cruiser drives towards the suspect. The video ends before the police car hits Engstrom, who is seen holding a gun.

The sheriff’s office said the incident began around 10:40 a.m. when they were called to a hotel in the 2200 block of Mounds View Boulevard to a report of a domestic assault in which a gun had been fired.

After the Engstrom was hit by the team, deputies say they assisted and he was rushed to Hennepin County Medical Center. According to the medical examiner, Engstrom died following multiple brutal investigations due to a collision between a pedestrian and a motor vehicle.