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  September 7, 2019 Officer-Involved Shooting

 

On 9/7/2019 at 10:22 p.m. a police pursuit that began in Edina ended near the intersection of 77th Street East and Chicago Avenue in Richfield. The driver, Brian Jesus Quinones-Rosario (30), exited his vehicle and confronted officers with a knife.  Quinones-Rosario was shot and subsequently died at the scene. The incident involved officers from the Edina and Richfield Police Departments. The incident remains under investigation by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office.  

The following are frequently requested data related to the incident: 

Incident Report

News Releases and Public Statements

Department Policies 

Department Training Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The City of Richfield has received numerous questions regarding the recent officer-involved shooting that took place on September 7, 2019. Because the incident remains under investigation by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, the City of Richfield is largely unable to respond to a majority of these questions. 

Here are some of questions, related to public data, the city can provide answers to:

What are the roles/responsibilities of the Richfield Police Department related to the September 7 officer-involved shooting?

Immediately following the incident, it was the Richfield Police Department’s duty to secure and maintain the initial scene. The department must then choose an independent agency to investigate the incident. The Edina and Richfield Police Departments mutually agreed to utilize the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) as the investigating agency.  The HCSO responded to the scene and immediately started its investigation. The Richfield Police Department has fully complied with all steps of the investigative process. The Richfield Police Department has no control or influence on the investigation or its outcome.  This is to ensure the investigation is fair, impartial, and unbiased.

Why did so many police officers respond to the scene on September 7?

Due to the location and time of the incident, a significant number of residents came to the scene.  Additional officers were summoned to maintain the integrity of the scene and ensure the safety of the crowd and officers. 

When will the dash camera footage of the incident be released to the public?

 The city understands the public’s desire to view the dash camera video of the September 7 officer-involved shooting. However, at this time, that data has been deemed not public under state law and will not be released. The HCSO is still investigating the case and has not yet completed its investigation of the incident. The city has consulted with both the HCSO and the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office (HCAO) and has been informed that neither agency  will be releasing any information involving the incident until  the investigation is completed.

Not releasing the dash camera footage until the investigation has been completed has been the practice in all fatal police-use-of-force cases investigated by Hennepin County. The City of Richfield has also consulted with its city attorneys and has been advised to not release video data pertaining to an ongoing law enforcement investigation.

As a city, we acknowledge this may frustrate some members of the public and our community, but we want to ensure that the investigation is properly conducted and not hindered in any way by our actions.  The City of Richfield apologizes for not being able to release video data for viewing at this time.

How can I see the police reports from the incident?

The Richfield Police Department has posted the basic police report regarding the incident to its newly created officer-involved shooting webpage.  The Richfield Police Department does not have any other written reports regarding the incident. All other reports regarding the shooting were completed by the HCSO, the investigating agency. 

Do Richfield police officers receive de-escalation or crisis intervention training?

All Richfield police officers receive extensive training including crisis intervention (CIT) training and de-escalation strategies. All officers receive CIT training upon initial hire and periodic CIT training thereafter. Officers also complete a variety of annual training courses related to crisis and conflict management including persuasion, de-escalation, emergency medical holds, mental health, serving those with autism, and implicit bias. 

Why are the officers back on patrol? How will the Richfield Police Department ensure the community that the mental health of the involved officers will not adversely impact their ability to safely interact with members of the Richfield community?

The officers involved were placed on standard, paid administrative leave immediately following the incident. An officer’s return to duty is at the discretion of the Chief of Police. The Chief uses a wide variety of factors (investigative requirements, critical incident debriefings, scheduling needs, etc.) when making this decision.

All officers involved in the incident were required to meet individually with a licensed mental health professional trained and experienced in working with law enforcement personnel and familiar with officer- involved shootings.  Additionally, the involved officers took part in post-critical incident support facilitated by the Metro Critical Incident Stress Management Team. All officers involved in the September 7 incident met departmental requirements before returning to work.

Furthermore, the City of Richfield offers a robust employee assistance program that provides employees with a wide array of wellness programs, including those that may be experiencing PTSD symptoms.

City staff, including the officers’ direct supervisors, will engage in close observation and communication with the involved officers to ensure the early detection of any wellness issues.

Keys and/or vehicles were taken as evidence during the incident. How can the family get these items returned?

Any/all evidentiary items were seized by the investigating agency, the HCSO .  As such, the City of Richfield does not have control or authority over these items. Any party associated with the incident who wished to take control of these items need to contact the HCSO .

Why do Richfield police officers not wear body cameras?

The Richfield Police Department began researching body-worn cameras several years ago.  Our department completed all legal requirements (opportunities for public comment, implementation of written policies, etc.) necessary for the acquisition of body-worn cameras well before the officer-involved shooting incident.

The department currently has three body-worn cameras in use. Acquiring body-worn cameras for all Richfield police officers is part of the department’s long-term strategic plan. However, any body-worn camera program would require significant funding (more than $200,000, plus annual expenses, thereafter).  Such an expense would be a drastic increase to the police budget and would need city council approval.

Although the City of Richfield Police Department does not currently have a department-wide use of body-worn cameras, it should be noted all patrol vehicles are equipped with advanced video camera systems.  

Have city representatives contacted the Quinones family and/or offered support? 

Due to Hennepin County’s ongoing investigation and review, city representatives cannot have communication with the family. It could compromise the investigative and/or review process. The city has been informed that the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office has provided an advocate to the Quinones family to assist them with support services. The city has been in contact with the family’s legal representative to ensure that all public data requests are fulfilled in a timely manner.