Police say weapons weren't used when man died after 'physical struggle' with Rochester officers

Police said Friday that it classifies a Taser as a weapon and that the preliminary investigation shows it wasn't used.

Posted: Mar 28, 2019 1:04 AM
Updated: Apr 3, 2019 10:38 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn -- A man is dead after what police are calling a "physical struggle" with officers.
It started Wednesday night when an officer tried pulling over a man in the Cub Foods parking lot in southeast Rochester. When the car finally came to a stop, a physical struggle immediately took place, according to Rochester Police Chief Jim Franklin.
Once the man was apprehended, the officer determined he was unresponsive and started life-saving efforts, including CPR. Those efforts were unsuccessful.

Police ID man killed in a struggle with police.

“Once other officers arrived the subject was detained and taken into custody,” police said in a press release Thursday. “Once in custody, the subject became unresponsive.
“Preliminary investigation indicates that officers did not use weapons in apprehending the subject.”

Police said Friday that it classifies a Taser as a weapon and that the preliminary investigation shows it wasn't used. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is now in charge of the investigation. Chief Franklin added the officers were wearing body cameras and that footage has been turned over to the BCA. Police describe the victim as an adult male.
Officers involved in this case have been placed an administrative leave in accordance with standard operating procedures, police said.
The name of the person deceased has not been released.

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