Hennepin County Attorney now considering charges in state trooper shooting of Ricky Cobb

Some State Patrol employees refused to cooperate with the investigation


September 20, 2023

Renée Jones Schneider, Star Tribune file

Ricky Cobb II's twin brother, Rashad Cobb, spoke Aug. 18 about losing a twin. At his left was his mother, Nyra Miller-Fields, and lawyer Harry Daniels.

Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty's office will begin considering whether charges will be filed in the fatal shooting of a Black motorist by a Minnesota state trooper earlier this summer.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on Tuesday handed over its investigation to Moriarty, who said in a statement that some State Patrol employees refused to cooperate with an effort that spanned roughly seven weeks. The BCA notified Moriarty on Monday that the case submission was imminent, so Moriarty said she met with the family of Ricky Cobb II to alert them of the development.

Cobb, 33, of Plymouth, died of multiple gunshot wounds in north Minneapolis after he was pulled over about 1:50 a.m. on Monday, July 31, on Interstate 94 for driving without taillights. During the stop, troopers attempted to remove Cobb from the vehicle after learning that he'd been accused of violating a standing domestic order for protection out of Ramsey County.



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