EAGAN, Minn. — An apparent domestic assault suspect armed with a gun was fatally shot by police Tuesday night, July 2, outside a building in an Eagan business district following a standoff that lasted more than four hours.
At a news conference Wednesday, Eagan Police Chief Roger New said officers from multiple police departments fired shots at the suspect — 23-year-old Isak Abdirahman Aden, of Columbia Heights — outside the building. But it was too early in the investigation to say which agencies the officers are with and what prompted them to shoot, New said.
The Ramsey County Medical Examiner released Aden’s name later Wednesday. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is leading the investigation.
No officers were injured.
The medical examiner’s office said in a Wednesday night news release that Aden died of multiple gunshot wounds and said the BCA will “provide additional details, including the officers’ names, once the initial round of interviews with the incident participants and witnesses is complete.”
New said earlier Wednesday that it was too soon to say if the man fired his gun at officers, adding the suspect’s gun was recovered at the scene.
Officers from Apple Valley, Bloomington, Burnsville and Edina, along with the Minnesota State Patrol, assisted Eagan police at the scene, which also included a tactical team, an armored vehicle and ambulance.
“At this time, it is unknown,” New said when asked which officers fired shots. “Each of the agencies that were involved in this incident have officers that were part of this incident. Some witnessed and some discharged a firearm, so we’re still yet to come up with a tally.”
The officers are on paid administrative leave, which is standard practice following officer-involved shootings.
Aden was the ninth person this year in Minnesota to die during an officer-involved shooting — either from officer gunfire or from killing himself or herself, according to the BCA.
There were 13 such fatalities last year, which was tied with 2015 and 2016 as the highest numbers during the 41 years that Minnesota has been collecting the information.
Court records show Aden had a series of petty misdemeanor convictions for traffic and vehicle violations around the metro area dating back to 2015.
Suspect allegedly armed
Just after 6 p.m., Eagan officers responded to a report of a man with a gun who was assaulting a woman in a car in the area of Burgandy Drive and Highway 13. Officers located the suspect, who was armed with a gun, New said.
After a short foot chase, officers contained the man in the 1900 block of Seneca Drive, a business area off Highway 13 and north of Twin Cities Premium Outlets, and began negotiating with him. Officers “asked the man to put down his gun and follow their directions,” New said.
Over the next four hours, officers tried to negotiate with him, who was holed up outside an office and warehouse building, Seneca Square. At 10:41 p.m., officers fired shots, which struck the man, New said. Life-saving measures were attempted before the suspect was rushed to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where he was pronounced dead.
“Any time there is a loss of life it’s a tragic event,” New said, “and my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that was impacted by this incident — family members, my officers and community members. So, again, please keep all those individuals in your thoughts, as well.”
Police cameras may have recorded event
New said he had no further details about the domestic assault, including how the woman is doing and what her relationship is to the man. The shooting may have been captured by body cameras and squad cameras, New said.
Michelle Bell, owner of Studio Vibe in Seneca Square, said the dance studio closed last week for a summer break, and that other neighboring businesses were already closed for the day when the standoff began.
“Thank goodness,” she said.