Armed man shot at disturbance call

(UPDATED) The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating an officer involved shooting that took place Sunday night, July 8 in North Branch.

A BCA release Monday afternoon noted that deputies from the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office and  officers from the North Branch Police Department responded to a disturbance call in the 38000 block of Feaski Circle about 9:27 p.m.

A caller said the suspect, identified Monday by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner as Robert Elias Aho, 46, who lived at the residence, was armed and had threatened his wife with a gun.

According to the BCA report, when officers arrived, Aho remained inside the home, but his wife, sister and step-daughter had already left the residence. The home’s garage door was open.

The preliminary investigation shows officers were gathered near the garage door when the service door between the home and garage opened, and the suspect emerged carrying a rifle and a shotgun, with the barrels facing upward.

Officers told investigators Aho refused to put the weapons down, and then lowered the barrel of one of the weapons which pointed at the officers.

Chisago County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Gregory Hussmann, a nine-year veteran of the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office, fired his weapon, striking Aho twice.

Aho was airlifted to Region’s Hospital where he later died as a result of the gunshot wounds.

Deputy Hussmann and the other responding officers, Chisago County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Robert Scott Berg, Chisago County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Derek Dean Anklan, and North Branch Police Officers Rebecca Lynn Lawrence and Kelly Engebretson have been placed on standard administrative leave.

The BCA is investigating the incident at the request of the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office.

As of Monday afternoon, BCA agents had completed interviews with the officers involved and BCA crime scene personnel had finished processing the scene for evidence.

Once the investigation is complete, the BCA will present its findings to the Chisago County Attorney’s Office.

There was no further updated information as of press time.

  • Jamie

    Why did the officer have to shoot twice? Why couldn’t he shoot him in the leg or arm. We had a similar incident happen in our community a few years ago, and the responding officer shot the suspect in the leg I believe.

  • Jon

    Police officers don’t shoot to wound, trained to shoot at the largest area on the body which is the chest. And you shoot until the suspect is out of harms way, the suspect was pointing a gun at the police officer, shooting him in the leg wouldn’t be putting him out of harms way.

  • Julie

    This was a very dear friend of my husbands. I agree about shooting in the leg or maybe the shoulder. I don’t know why they had to shoot twice, maybe he would have lived if they had shot once. It’s so sad the he’s gone.

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