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  September 7, 2019 Officer-Involved Shooting

 

On September 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, 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 was investigated and reviewed by Hennepin County. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) presented its investigative findings to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office (HCAO). Richfield provided all requested information to both the HCSO and HCAO. 

On February 10, 2020, the HCAO announced that the five officers involved in the shooting were justified in their use of deadly force and criminal charges would not be brought against them. For more information on the HCAO's decision, visit their website 

All incident information was subsequently presented to a labor and employment law specialist to perform an unbiased, independent review. The review found the involved Richfield police officers properly followed all relevant policies, procedures, and state statutes.   

On June 6, 2020  the City of Edina, the City of Richfield, and the involved officers were served with a civil lawsuit stemming from the incident.  The federal suit remains in litigation.

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.  Here are some of the 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 dash camera footage can now be viewed on the Hennepin County Attorney Office's website

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 (see projected expenses here).  Such an expense would be a large 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.

How can I provide feedback regarding police-involved deadly force encounters?

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington have convened a working group on police-involved deadly force encounters. Together they are serving as co-chairs of the group.  The working group will provide a framework for stakeholders statewide to have a voice in developing recommendations which may include policy, procedure, legislation, programming and training.  The working group will solicit feedback statewide in several ways including witness testimony, online submissions and public comment.  The group's website can be found here