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Minnesota BCA completes investigation into fatal Duluth police officer-involved shooting; officers return to work

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has completed its investigation of the fatal shooting of Zachary Premo by two Duluth police officers in June.

Zachary Rodney Paul Premo
Premo died June 11, 2013, after being shot by two Duluth police officers.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has completed its investigation of the fatal shooting of Zachary Premo by two Duluth police officers in June.

The BCA presented its findings to the St. Louis County Attorney's Office this week for review to determine whether the shooting was justified.

St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin confirmed Tuesday afternoon that he has received the report and said he will review it and decide what to do within a week. Rubin could decide to a make the determination; ask a prosecutor on the Iron Range or in another county to do it; or present the case to a grand jury.

"We are going to address this as quickly and thoroughly as possible," Rubin said.

Officers Matthew Hendrickson, a seven-year veteran of the department, and Jacob Peterson, a four-year veteran, shot Premo, 26, early June 11. As is normal in such cases the two were placed on paid administrative leave after the shooting. They have since returned to duty.

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According to Duluth police, the incident began about 2 a.m. June 11 when officers responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash in the area of Orange Street and Arlington Avenue. The driver fled the scene, so an officer went to 319 E. Locust St., the address associated with the crashed vehicle.

That's where police say an officer encountered Premo armed with a handgun about 2:30 a.m. The officer radioed for assistance and shouted commands at him. The second officer in the area arrived to help, and both officers repeated loud commands to get Premo to comply. The encounter lasted for more than three minutes, according to police. When the officers attempted to take Premo into custody, they said, he reached for the area where his gun was located. Both officers fired at Premo, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

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