Sections

Weather Forecast

Close
Advertisement

UPDATED: Preliminary autopsy complete in officer-involved in shooting; suspect, officers identified

Email Sign up for Breaking News Alerts
News Bemidji, 56619
Bemidji Pioneer
(218) 333-9819 customer support
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Anoka County Friday positively identified a man who died Thursday morning following a carjacking and high-speed run from law enforcement.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Jason Peter Barsness, 28, last known address in Cass Lake, with a possible address in Minneapolis, died of multiple gunshot wounds. Barsness was shot by law enforcement when he allegedly emerged from the vehicle and pointed a handgun at officers.

Five law enforcement personnel who fired their weapons are on standard administrative leave while the incident is being investigated.

-- Trooper Jared Sturgill, three years with the Minnesota State Patrol.

-- Trooper Andrew Wayne Gibbs, two years with the State Patrol.

-- Officer Paul Dellwo, two years with the Minneapolis Police Dept.

-- Officer Michael Curtis Ploumen, 10 years with the Brooklyn Park Police Dept.

-- Officer Adam Daniel Moen, five years with the Brooklyn Park Police Dept.

-- Officer Adam Daniel Moen, five years with the Brooklyn Park Police Dept.

The two Brooklyn Park Officer's names were announced Friday evening after they were interviewed by Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agents.

State Trooper Gerald Ladwig, a 31-year veteran of the patrol, witnessed the incident and is also on administrative leave.

The incident started as an armed carjacking in Minneapolis shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday. Minneapolis Police officers spotted the vehicle on I-94 in north Minneapolis. When Barsness would not stop the vehicle, a pursuit began. Other agencies joined the pursuit including the Minnesota State Patrol and the Brooklyn Park Police Department.

The pursuit continued through several north Metro communities, lasting approximately 38 minutes and reaching speeds of more than 100 mph. It ended on northbound I-35E near 80th Street in Columbus, Minn., when the vehicle ran over spike strips deployed by law enforcement and went off the road, coming to a stop in the ditch on the east side of the road.

When officers approached the vehicle, the suspect pointed a gun at them, and several officers fired their weapons. Barsness died at the scene.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) investigation into the confrontation and shooting continues. The BCA is leading the investigation with the assistance of Anoka County.

Advertisement
Pioneer staff reports
Advertisement
Advertisement