Rochester PD defends large police presence during high-risk stop (with full statement)

Police said they made it a high-risk stop due to knowing a handgun was involved.

Posted: Jun 4, 2020 9:54 AM
Updated: Jun 4, 2020 3:12 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - A high-risk traffic stop Wednesday was the result of an altercation with a gun, police said. 

Police said there was a report of a vehicle with a handgun inside on Highway 63. Police said a post on social media claims authorities didn’t need that many officers on scene.

Yasin Muhidin Yasin Muhidin

Police said they made it a high-risk stop due to knowing a handgun was involved.

Four passengers were taken to the government center to be interviewed by the Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office. 

The situation began when Wabasha County alerted RPD that they were looking for two vehicles involving the gun.

Yasin Muhidin, of Rochester, was arrested. He was charged with terroristic threats.

The City of Rochester issued the following statement on the incident:

"On June 3, 2020, at approximately 7:40 p.m., the Rochester Police Department assisted the Wabasha County Sheriff’s Department in an incident that involved an altercation with a handgun. The Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office advised the incident occurred in Wabasha County and the vehicles involved in the altercation were driving southbound on Highway 63, heading towards Rochester. Officers learned the gun used in the altercation was with one of the vehicles traveling south on Highway 63 – a gray Kia."

"Rochester Police Officers located the gray Kia in the city of Rochester, and conducted a high-risk traffic stop in the area of 16 St NE and North Broadway Avenue. High-risk traffic stops are used to ensure the safety of the occupants, the officers involved in the stop, and the people in the area where the stop occurred. High-risk stops are a common tactic utilized by law enforcement to safely detain the individuals involved. Officers are needed to watch both sides of the vehicle, and additional officers are needed to make contact with the occupants to safely detain them away from the vehicle. There are many areas within a vehicle that officers cannot see during a traffic stop, having additional officers on scene allows additional views of the vehicle. Being able to have a better view of the vehicle increases the safety of everyone and decreases the chances that mistakes will be made. As part of this standard procedure, some officers have no weapons, some have less lethal, some have handguns, and some have rifles. This is done for the safety of the officers, occupants and bystanders."

"The vehicle contained three female passengers and a male driver. The occupants were detained for the Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office to interview. After the occupants were interviewed, the Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office arrested the male driver of the vehicle and released the three females. The male driver is facing charges of Terroristic Threats. An airsoft handgun that resembled a real gun was located along Highway 63 North just outside of the city of Rochester, and is believed to be part of this incident."

"While these are facts related to this case, we recognize and respect the concern in the community stemming from video taken during this interaction. We want to state that we are committed to developing solutions with the community. This includes developing solutions that fit who we are, as a community, and what law enforcement should do, including what it means to protect and serve."

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 609016

Reported Deaths: 7741
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin1261631795
Ramsey52955910
Dakota47198475
Anoka43176465
Washington27637296
Stearns22651227
St. Louis18233319
Scott17667139
Wright16506153
Olmsted13495103
Sherburne1211496
Carver1073349
Clay829392
Rice8247111
Blue Earth769244
Crow Wing687298
Kandiyohi669685
Chisago626754
Otter Tail589887
Benton585098
Goodhue485474
Mower477333
Douglas477281
Winona463252
Itasca462668
Isanti445066
McLeod433861
Morrison427462
Beltrami410163
Nobles409650
Steele400519
Polk390772
Becker389157
Lyon365054
Carlton356858
Freeborn350134
Pine337223
Nicollet333845
Mille Lacs314556
Brown308640
Le Sueur299427
Todd288033
Cass287933
Meeker265144
Waseca240723
Martin236833
Roseau212021
Wabasha20833
Hubbard197641
Dodge18883
Renville183046
Redwood177941
Houston175316
Cottonwood168124
Wadena164923
Fillmore158910
Faribault156920
Chippewa154038
Pennington153820
Kanabec147828
Sibley147310
Aitkin139137
Watonwan13619
Rock129019
Jackson123112
Pipestone117126
Yellow Medicine115320
Pope11366
Murray107210
Swift107218
Koochiching96819
Stevens92611
Clearwater89217
Marshall88817
Lake84020
Wilkin83713
Lac qui Parle76122
Big Stone6094
Grant5958
Lincoln5863
Mahnomen5669
Norman5509
Kittson49022
Unassigned47993
Red Lake4037
Traverse3815
Lake of the Woods3474
Cook1740

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 374664

Reported Deaths: 6109
CountyCasesDeaths
Polk58891646
Linn21448342
Scott20426250
Black Hawk16680319
Woodbury15319230
Johnson1473686
Dubuque13595213
Dallas1144099
Pottawattamie11307177
Story1082848
Warren592092
Clinton564393
Cerro Gordo562297
Webster538996
Sioux519174
Muscatine4920106
Marshall491479
Des Moines478275
Jasper452073
Wapello4366123
Buena Vista431040
Plymouth404982
Lee392658
Marion369177
Jones301257
Henry301037
Bremer292763
Carroll286252
Boone271234
Crawford270841
Benton262755
Washington259851
Dickinson250745
Mahaska232551
Jackson225842
Kossuth219166
Clay217327
Tama213372
Delaware211743
Winneshiek200636
Buchanan196734
Page195422
Cedar192923
Hardin191144
Wright189140
Fayette188243
Hamilton186851
Harrison181973
Clayton173057
Butler167835
Madison167719
Floyd164642
Mills163824
Cherokee161538
Lyon160941
Poweshiek159036
Allamakee155552
Hancock153134
Iowa148324
Winnebago145731
Calhoun143113
Cass140855
Grundy139333
Emmet136741
Jefferson134535
Sac132620
Shelby131838
Louisa130249
Union129535
Appanoose128049
Franklin127823
Mitchell127243
Chickasaw125717
Guthrie124532
Humboldt124526
Palo Alto114924
Montgomery106738
Howard105322
Clarke102424
Monroe100633
Keokuk99932
Ida92735
Adair89632
Davis86825
Pocahontas86822
Monona85931
Greene79111
Osceola79017
Lucas77423
Worth7568
Taylor67112
Decatur6629
Fremont64810
Ringgold56824
Van Buren56718
Wayne56323
Audubon52913
Adams3494
Unassigned90
Rochester
Partly Cloudy
78° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 80°
Mason City
Partly Cloudy
74° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 74°
Albert Lea
Partly Cloudy
77° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 79°
Austin
Partly Cloudy
75° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 75°
Charles City
Partly Cloudy
72° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 72°
The heat will stick around this weekend
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Med City FC hosts professional soccer team

Image

Honkers get the win over the Loggers

Image

Community weighs in as RPS reevaluates masking rules for students

Image

Community weighs in as RPS considers mask policy

Image

Aaron's Evening Forecast (7/23/21)

Image

Ear of Corn Water Tower Nears Completion

Image

Jeopardy Weather

Image

Rochester Water Tower

Image

Corn Tower enthralls Med City

Image

Suspicious item at middle school made to look like a bomb

Community Events