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BCA identifies Minneapolis officers who used force during incident

ST. PAUL — The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man who died during a use-of-force incident June 12 in Minneapolis. According to the medical examiner, Michael Warren Ristow, 39, of Minneapolis died of multiple gunshot wounds.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified three Minneapolis police officers who used force during this incident. They are all on critical incident leave.

• Enoch Langford fired his department handgun. He has four years of law enforcement experience.

• Abdirizaq Mumin fired his department handgun. He has almost two years of law enforcement experience.

• Chaz Wilson fired his department handgun. He has five years of law enforcement experience.

According to the preliminary investigation, officers responded after a 911 caller reported being threatened by a man with a gun. When they arrived, they saw the man, later identified as Ristow, and tried to make contact with him. He ran away and the officers chased after him while telling him he was under arrest. Ristow came up to a fence line and turned toward the officers with a gun in his hand. All three officers fired, striking Ristow. They provided medical care but he died later at the hospital. None of the officers were injured.

BCA crime scene personnel recovered at the scene cartridge casings and two handguns that were later determined to be stolen. The officers were wearing body cameras that captured portions of the incident. BCA agents are reviewing all available video as part of the active investigation.

The Minneapolis Police Department asked the BCA to investigate this incident. Once the investigation is complete, the BCA will present its findings without a charging recommendation to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office for review.


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