Minnesota BCA IDs People Involved in Fatal Police Shooting
Marshall, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension today released additional information concerning a fatal officer-involved shooting last weekend in southwestern Minnesota.
According to the BCA, a preliminary investigation has found that Marshall Police Officer Eric Klenken was responding to reports of a domestic disturbance early Sunday when he fatally shot 41-year-old Jamel Moore of Marshall. A news release says Officer Klenken has 24 years of law enforcement experience.
The officer told investigators that when he arrived at the location of the domestic disturbance a child flagged him down and directed him into a house where a woman could be heard screaming for help in an upstairs bedroom. Klenken stated that he entered the room and found Moore on top of the woman and stabbing her while she was lying on the floor in the bedroom closet.
The BCA report says the officer ordered the man to drop the knife and then tried to subdue him with his Taser. When that failed and Moore still refused to drop the knife, the BCA says Klenken deployed his handgun and fired two shots. Klenken indicated that he quickly began providing medical aid and was assisted by three other Marshall Police Officers and a Lyon County deputy, but Moore died at the scene.
The wounded woman, 35-year-old Meredith Martel of Marshall, was transported to a hospital in Sioux Falls South Dakota where she died Sunday night. No other injuries were reported.
Crime scene investigators from the BCA recovered two knives. The state law enforcement agency also says Officer Klenken was wearing a body camera and the video is being reviewed as part of the ongoing investigation.
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