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Identities released in fatal officer-involved shooting in Stillwater

Squads from the Stillwater, Bayport and Oak Park Heights police departments were dispatched to the 1200 block of 4th Street South around 1 a.m. after a 911 call reporting a suicidal man.

STILLWATER, Minn. - The identities of all parties have been released in a fatal officer-involved shooting in Stillwater early Wednesday.

Squads from the Stillwater, Bayport and Oak Park Heights police departments were dispatched to the 1200 block of 4th Street South around 1 a.m. Wednesday after a 911 call. That location is just a few blocks away from Stillwater Middle School.

Officers arrived to find a suicidal man who was armed with a knife, according to a press release.

A series of events led to one officer firing his gun and another shooting a taser. The suicidal man was struck, then brought to Lakeview Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He has been identified by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner as 22-year-old Keaton James Larson of Stillwater.

The officers who shot his gun was identified as Hunter Julien, with the Stillwater Police Department for five years. The BCA says the officers who discharged Tasers were Laura McBroom, with Stillwater PD for one year; Brian Tennessen, with Oak Park Heights PD for two years; and Brittany Lepowsky, with Bayport PD for two years.

Authorities confirm body-worn cameras and squad car cameras were being utilized during the fatal incident, and video from them will play a major part in the investigation. The BCA will lead that investigation, which is standard for many departments in officer-involved shootings.

Involved officers were placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation is conducted, which is department policy.