MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Dakota county attorney Kathy Keena announced Friday that the shooting of Dolal Idd by three Minneapolis police officers was justified with lethal force.
Keena says the decision not to bring charges against officers Paul Huyhn, Darcy Klund and Jason Schmitt was made after a thorough review of the facts surrounding Idd’s death on December 30th.
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“My conclusion is that, given the facts and circumstances of this incident, it was objectively reasonable for the three peace officers to believe that Mr. Idd posed a lethal threat to them and other officers at the scene when they fired their weapons,” Keena said in the Indictment decision.
According to documents in the search warrant, officials from the Minneapolis Police Department’s Community Response Team used an informant and attempted to buy weapons that Idd, 23, allegedly sold illegally.
The officers stopped Idd at a gas station just off East 36th Street and Cedar Avenue. A shootout broke out and ended with Idd dying on the scene. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says investigators found a handgun and attack-style MAC-10 handgun from Idd’s car at the scene.
Minneapolis police say an officer’s body camera video showed that Idd first shot officers.
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All three officers said they fired their firearms in Idd because they believed he was either trying to kill them and / or the police at the scene. Officer Klund also said he opened fire to defend customers who are in the parking lot, according to the fee ruling document.
Hours after Idd’s death, Hennepin County Sheriff MPs issued a high risk arrest warrant at the family home in Eden Prairie. The family was outraged, saying that MPs withheld them when they searched the house for weapons and that officials did not inform Idd’s family of his death until after the search. No weapons were found.
The Minnesota BCA opened the investigation into the shootings. At the request of the Hennepin County Procuratorate, the Dakota County Prosecutor’s Office reviewed the BCA investigation and the legality of the officers’ actions.
“Although I have come to the conclusion that the use of lethal force was justified in this case, any loss of life is a tragic event and I would like to express my personal condolences to the Dolal Idd family for their great loss,” said Keena in a press release.
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The family says this would not be conclusive without the full-body camera footage from all officers. In July, Idd’s family asked the BCA to continue the investigation and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison to take over the case.