County attorney: Deadly force by police snipers in Minn. armed standoff was justified

The suspect was shooting into an occupied dwelling before aiming his gun at officers and threatening to shoot them, forcing police to open fire

By Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — No charges will be filed against two Minneapolis police snipers who fatally shot a Minneapolis man during a standoff in his apartment in July, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

The officers involved were justified in shooting 20-year-old Andrew Tekle Sundberg, the county attorney's office said. The man's family said he was experiencing a mental health crisis.

Sundberg's death was a tragedy, but the use of deadly force was authorized under Minnesota law, County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement.

Police went to the scene the night of July 13 after a 911 call from a neighbor of Sundberg’s who said he was firing a gun into her apartment, endangering her and her 2- and 4-year-old sons.

Police body-camera video released less than a week after the shooting showed a chaotic scene in which Minneapolis officers rescued a mother and her two young children as Sundberg repeatedly fired a gun from inside his nearby apartment during what was a mental health crisis.

After Sandberg aimed his gun at officers and threatened to shoot and kill them, two Minneapolis police snipers fired two shots, killing Sundberg, according to the county attorney's report.

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