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BCA shares new details about Brooklyn Park force incident

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the Brooklyn Park police officer who used force during an incident on June 23.

• Momodou Dibba fired his department handgun. He has three months of law enforcement experience and is on critical incident leave.

According to the preliminary investigation, officers responded to a Brooklyn Park home just before 4 a.m. on a report of a baby not breathing. When they arrived, they found an infant in critical condition who later died at Hennepin County Medical Center. The infant's father, Oronde Neal Reese, 24, of Brooklyn Park was outside of the home and appeared distraught after learning of the death of his son. As officers were investigating, Reese went back into the home, went inside his bedroom and locked the door. Another resident forced open the door and went inside the room with the officers. The resident found Reese in the closet and told officers he had a gun. A physical struggle ensued and that's when Dibba fired his department handgun, striking Reese. Officers provided medical care on-scene until Reese could be taken to North Memorial Medical Center where he remains in stable condition.

BCA crime scene personnel recovered a hand gun and cartridge casings at the scene. The officers were wearing body cameras that captured the incident. BCA agents are reviewing all available video as part of the active investigation.

The Brooklyn Park Police Department asked the BCA to investigate the use-of-force portion of 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. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is investigating the infant's death.

 

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