UPDATED: Officer-involved shooting in Crystal near Bassett Creek Park

Update on May 25  at 4:57 p.m. 

The man who was shot the morning of Wednesday, May 24 at Bassett Creek Park in Crystal has been identified as Khaleel Thompson, 18.

The following officers who were present at the scene of the shooting have also been identified, along with the amount of time they have served with the Crystal Police Department:

  • Mason Barland, nine years
  • Brian Elfstrom, four years
  • Kathleen Gomez, 20 years
  • Txheng Vang, three months

All four officers have been placed on standard administrative leave.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating the incident. According to investigators, Thompson pointed the gun at officers, which has been determined to be a black, handgun-style airsoft gun with a black-tipped barrel.

Barland fired several non-lethal rounds. Investigators said when Thompson continued to point the weapon at the officers they discharged their weapons, striking Thompson.

Officers began to administer first aid at the scene. Thompson was taken by ambulance to North Memorial Health Hospital where he is being treated.

Investigators are reviewing footage captured by a squad dash camera. The officers were not wearing body cameras.

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office provided initial assistance to the BCA with the investigation. The Minnesota State Patrol and New Hope Police Department also initially assisted at the scene directly following the incident.

The BCA’s investigation into the incident will continue. According to the agency, once the investigation is complete, investigators will present their findings to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office for review.

Update at 1:50 p.m.

Police have not released the identity or current condition of the suspect, a black male, shot this morning by Crystal Police officers. According to Police Chief Stephanie Revering, the report of the man came in at 8:54 a.m. Wednesday, from a resident of a nearby apartment complex, who said the man was near the Frisbee park at Bassett Creek Park.

Crystal Police Chief Stephanie Revering speaks to media during a press conference May 24 following an officer-involved shooting at Bassett Creek Park. (Submitted photo)

Revering said the officers who responded ordered the man to drop his weapon, and he refused.

“Our officers, believing they were in imminent danger, discharged their firearms toward the suspect and then immediately provided first aid. The suspect was taken by medics to the hospital,” said Revering.

A handgun was recovered at the scene. Updates will follow as police release further details.

PREVIOUS UPDATE

An officer-involved shooting occurred around 9 a.m. Wednesday in Crystal after police responded to a report of a man with a gun.

Officers were dispatched to Bassett Creek Park near the intersection of Brunswick Avenue and 29th Place. According to preliminary reports, the man was shot by an officer in response to the incident after he refused to put the gun down. Police said the man did not die from the gunshot.

More details will be released during a press conference with Chief Stephanie Revering at 11:30 a.m.