Edina, Minnesota, Feb. 10, 2020 – Today, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced that charges will not be brought against the officers involved in a Sept. 7, 2019 officer-involved shooting in Richfield. On Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, at 10:22 p.m., a police pursuit that began in Edina ended in an officer-involved shooting near the intersection of 77th Street East and Chicago Avenue in Richfield. The incident involved officers from the Edina and Richfield Police departments.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office led the investigation of the shooting, which resulted in the death of Brian Quinones. “Under Minnesota law, it is clear that [officers’] use of deadly force was necessary, proportional, and objectively reasonable in the face of the apparent threat of death or great bodily harm, and no criminal charges are warranted,” wrote Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman in a news release posted to his office’s website.
The City of Edina and its involved Police Officers, Nicholas Pedersen and Benjamin Wenande, gave their full and complete cooperation to the Sheriff’s Office during the investigation. “Investigations of officer-involved shootings are critically important; the results affect not only the involved officers, but also the department and the community,” said City Manager Scott Neal. “We appreciate the work of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.”