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State Patrol Col. Christina Bogojevic statement regarding charging decision

The following statement can be attributed to Col. Christina Bogojevic, chief of the Minnesota State Patrol, regarding the Olmsted County attorney's decision to charge Trooper Shane Roper.

"We express our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Olivia Flores and to the other community members affected by the tragic fatal crash that occurred on May 18 in Rochester.

Today the Olmsted County Attorney’s Office announced charges against Trooper Shane Roper. The conduct alleged in the criminal complaint is concerning and does not align with the State Patrol’s core values. The announcement of charges marks the next steps in the judicial process related to this case. We respect that process and cannot comment further due to ongoing criminal proceedings.

In accordance with the troopers’ labor contract, Trooper Shane Roper remains on paid investigative leave."


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