BCA releases names of officers involved in fatal shooting

Police spokesman in St. Paul said they hope to release body camera footage of the incident soon.

ST PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has released the names of the three officers involved in a fatal shooting in St. PAUL. Paul earlier this week.

St. Police Department Paul (SPPD) said in a statement that officers responded to a home in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood on Monday evening for reports of a suicide. A family member told officers to enter the home and they found a 41-year-old woman in the back room.

In a statement, BCA said the woman was sitting on the floor and officers asked if she needed help. According to the affidavit, she pulled a gun from under the blanket, stood up and pointed it at the officers.

Three officers fired their department’s guns, and she died at the scene, despite attempts to provide life-saving aid.

The BCA identified these officers as:

• Chiking Chazonkhueze who has 3.5 years of law enforcement experience.

• Chee Lao, who has three months of law enforcement experience.

• Yengkong Lor, who has three years of experience in law enforcement.

All three officers were placed on leave, which is standard.

BCA is reviewing the officer’s body cameras that recorded the incident, and St. Police Sgt. Paul Mike Ernster told KARE 11 SPPD hopes to release the footage soon.


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