State investigators said Friday that a man who was shot by Minneapolis officers in a police interrogation room had ignored commands to drop a knife that he was using to harm himself and was coming toward officers with the weapon.
Marcus Fischer, 18, of Minneapolis, was shot Monday after he began harming himself with a large folding knife that he brought into the interrogation room by hiding it in his waistband, investigators said. He was at the Police Department, which is inside City Hall, for questioning about a shooting and investigators had just left the room to get him some water.
According to details released Friday by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, an officer returned to the room to find Fischer "severely injuring himself" with the knife. The officer shouted for help and "for several minutes, several officers then attempted to convince Fischer to drop his knife and stop hurting himself," the BCA said.
When he ignored commands, Officer David Martinson used a stun gun on Fischer but it was ineffective. The BCA said Fischer continued to ignore commands and walked toward the officers with the knife. At that point, Sgt. Gene Suker and Officer Jerome Carey shot Fischer. Never miss a […]