Taxi Carjacking Suspect Shot, Killed By Police

By Holly Wagner, WCCO-TV and John Lauritsen, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A man was shot and killed by police after allegedly carjacking a taxi cab in Minneapolis and leading police on a lengthy chase. Traffic in parts of the Twin Cities was tied up Thursday morning in the aftermath of the carjacking, which began in the Lowry Hill Tunnel.

Authorities said a man riding in a Red & White taxi cab pulled a gun on the cabbie along westbound Interstate 94  around 5 a.m.

The driver stopped in the tunnel and the suspect wound up carjacking the cab.

A police pursuit ensued through northeast Minneapolis that ended during the morning rush hour. Police put out stop sticks on northbound Interstate 35E, just south of the split with 35W.

The suspect ran over the spike strips on 35E at 80th Street in Columbus, causing the vehicle to go off the road and come to a stop in the right-side ditch.

Officers approached the vehicle and the man was shot and killed. A weapon was recovered at the scene but police say the details leading up to the shooting are still being investigated. They would not say whether the suspect pulled the gun on police or if he fired his weapon.

Police say until an autopsy can be completed, the suspect’s name will not be released. A total of six officers were involved in the incident and are all on administrative leave, per typical protocol. The officers include three state troopers, two Brooklyn Park police officers and one Minneapolis police officer.

The identities of the officers involved will not be released until all can be interviewed by investigators.

Authorities said the taxi cab driver who was carjacked is fine.

The manager of the cab company said he dropped the cab driver off at home Thursday afternoon. He said the driver wasn’t hurt but is at home resting with his family.

“The driver is good. He is at home and safe. He did the right thing and walked away from it and let the guy have the car,” said Pat White, general manager at Red and White Taxi.

White said the driver was flagged down by the suspect in South Minneapolis around 5 a.m. He was told to drive to an address in Brooklyn Park, which the cab driver figured out didn’t exist.

When the man couldn’t provide cash or a credit card, the driver pulled over in the Lowry Tunnel and asked the man to get out. That’s when the suspect carjacked him.

“Here we go again. We have had problems before, and as the economy gets bad we are going to have some more. It’s going to happen,” said White.

I-35E was closed in the area of I-35W as authorities continued to investigate. It was reopened around 1:30 p.m.

Officials say they have video from their squad cams of the incident, which will be part of the investigation. There were no officers injured in the shooting.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will continue to investigate.

  • Cindy

    Glad he was shot. Now put him in jail and toss the key!

    • manny

      Cindy, he’s dead. Maybe the article hadn’t explained that at the time that you read it.

    • Joey

      I guess your to STUPID to read huh?! He was shot & KILLED…..

    • Just Saying...

      From what it sounds like, they’ll be putting him in the ground and tossing dirt on top of him. Even better, if you ask me.

    • james

      Why throw a dead body in jail? Why not just put him in the ground? It stinks less that way.

    • Dechen Compassion

      Tom please practice love and compassion. It is very essential even towards your enemy. I believe you dont even know this guy, so he is not your enemy.

      • Fed up

        Dechen you are one of the problems why we have so much crime in our country today. Don’t keep slapping the wrist. I agree with Tom. A few of these and the crime rate will drop finally.

        • Josh

          @Fed Up
          Yeah. Who cares if the punishment matches the crime?

          I don’t think anybody was advocating for “wrist slapping”. It was was the calls for locking the guy up forever, or killing him, that prompted the call for compassion. What the man did was awful and it makes me angry -but not so angry that it clouds my judgement.

          • Zach

            I agree with “fed up.” A carjacking is a very serious crime. It not only puts the life of the cab driver in mortal danger, but everyone else out driving at the time, as well. I would be willing to bet this is not the first crime on this thugs rap sheet. But, you’re right, let’s put him in jail for a bit, say he’s rehabilitated and then send him on his merry way to do something like this again, or worse.

      • Lower Middle Class man

        Let me guess No Buns go Un-Whipped – Other Tax payers money has been going to Whip your buns you whole life!!!! But since it’s been a week since EBS payday you are about aout of free money for the month!!!

      • Realist

        Give me a break! Compassion? Love? “Dechen Compassion”, what color is the sky in your world? He is dead, it IS a good thing and one less loser on the streets. I have compassion, I have love….for my fellow man, those who respect and treat others with dignity and honor.

        “They” don’t deserve it, “They” haven’t earned it…he is dead and that is the best news there could be for the situation. Why does MN keep breeding worhtless citizens like the criminal in the story and “Dechen Compasion”?!?!?

    • tom race

      He was a good person… I am not sure what happened to him here but he was a good man… RIP Jason

      • Upyours

        He was a criminal…he carjacked an innocent person at gunpoint just doing his job, fled from the police, and pointed a gun at the cops…he got what he deserved.

      • nicolem

        agreed! he was a great man. i think this was his plan, and didn’t want to live anymore. not a good plan, but who knows what he was thinking when he did it. I know he wouldn’t have shot anyone cuz if you really knew him, he was a sweetheart. rib jb :(

    • krazee

      At least you read the article, Grim Reaper, its clear that the others did NOT. I would have to say that they were wrong in killing him, they could’ve wounded him enough to “cuff-n-stuff him, they did not need to shoot to kill!

      • fred

        the creep pulled a gun on 6 cops…….probably a suicide by cop thing

        • devante

          s shot him before he even had a chance to get out of the car..

  • Doc

    Lots of openings at prison industries. Good strategy

  • Allah Akbar!!

    You guys really should moved to Iran or Saudi Arabia. You’s like it there.

  • Tad G

    Call me stupid but where in the story does it say his race?

    • JamieinMN

      Hmmmm who said anything about race??? Looks like YOU are the one who brought it up.

      • Tad G

        Jamie – you indeed may not be the brightest bulb on a tree as we all know but let’s use your associations in the past and those that were used here, ok.

        “another brother looking for ….”
        the other one referencing his ” ‘hood” another – but since removed too. I forgot the other comment in it – something like kill the dog IIRC

        Go hug your teddy bear Jamie and say nite-nite

      • me


      • krazee

        Really JamieinMN, just a couple ppl before you ….Gary said “false he is black”. Just a thought…..maybe you should go back and read it again. Just a thought not tryin to get anyone fightin or mad just typing my opinions

    • krazee

      People need to PAY ATTENTION while reading the story OR they are just plain too stupid to figure it out when it clearly states in the headline….”SHOT & KILLED. I’m not from MN. I was told a little by a friend who is a DR., a Christian, also this young mans “Stepfather” and after he told me I looked it up to see the story. “The Carjacker”. I just can’t believe how many of you ALL Judge before you know all of the story or maybe just more facts to go on . RIP J RIP My thoughts and prayers go out my friend and J altho he made a terrible mistake in which cost him his life!

      • The Real Mike

        Oh, trust me. When a carjacking happens, it’s a black dude. If you can’t admit that, you are racist!

        • Josie

          Know the facts before you say racist remarks and know the man actually was NOT black but WHITE!!! Not all crimes are commited by a black man. Horrible people really think that.

      • Realist

        Krazee-He is dead and it is the best thing that could happen. He is uselss, worhtless and a nobody…apparently just like you.

    • Mike

      You are stupid Tad.

  • For Real

    Dechen Compassion what if this guy did this to you or one of your family memebers? I bet you would be thinking totally differently.
    I say do us all a favor and put the suspect out of his misery and ours.

  • red

    I am with you FOR REAL

  • T

    Thank God the police were not hurt

    • Hey there little T

      how could they be – he had a toy gun.

  • Gary

    false he is black

    • krazee

      Gary, how is it you are so sure? Were you there as it happened? OR are you 1 of the several cops involved ? Please enlighten me with your facts.

      • The Real Mike

        Your name speaks for itself.

  • Get Real

    David, You should be ashamed of yourself for your comment. The Cops hands are tied too much. They put their life on the line everyday for everyone even people like you. Let them do their job any way possible. Police should not be charged with anything, if any give them a medal for getting the jacker off the streets.
    Was this your brother or something?

  • Duex Hambone

    David R

    You are a moron. The police tried stop sticks. He came out of the cab holding a gun. Read the story before you open up your ignorent mouth.

    • Duex is our model

      Iliterate there Duex? Try a spell checker moron. Click and even an idiot looks smart. Well – smarteranyway LMFAO

      • Duex Hambone

        Wow smarteranyway WHT does that mean? You should laugh because you are happy as if you are bright, LIB loser!

    • Mike

      The police said he had a gun. Do the police have it recorded to film so that we can verify their story? After the Metro Strike Task Force and a few other good reasons, they don’t deserve the benefit of doubt.

      • David R...

        Agreed that they do not deserve the benefit of the doubt….proof is required in a court of law, for all we know if was planted by the police. Even though what he did was a criminal act, shooting and killing him was not justified….it never is! Why could they not use rubber bullets, a taser? Lethal force by the police needs to be evaluated in this case.

        • Go Home, David2

          He didn’t mean they don’t deserve the benefit of the doubt, you idiot. He’s saying cops already have too many rules to follow. Armed man steals cab (felony), leads police on a high speed chase (felony), crashes cab, then exits the cab armed with a gun. Let me ask you David, if this situation doesn’t justify the use of deadly force, what situation would? Now pretend, for a moment, you’re a cop and not a liberal slob. You’ve got a felon stopped and you see he has a gun in his hand. You going to run up and pepper spray him first? Or stand there, take the bullets out of your gun, and load your rubber bullets (which no longer exist anyways) as he walks toward you? The clown who stole this cab should have been drowned as a pup. The officers involved should be given a medal.

        • Upyours

          David, you live in a dream world…have you ever had a gun pointed at you?

        • fred

          anything worth shooting is worth killing…keep up the bedwetting, david… cop hating moron

        • Gary

          It was so justified….
          Does it make it more justified if the police shot him a taser, then he freaks out and shot someone that you know to death? Or he ran over someone with the taxi? Lethal force is necessary to prevent him from injuring others.

          This state is too soft, we need to be more strict to prevent criminal activity. We get a lot of repeat offenders.

      • To David's life partner Mike

        Yeah….because if it’s not on video, it didn’t happen, right? Maybe if you weren’t a turd gang member, the Gang Strike Force wouldn’t have stolen your TV. Guess you’ll have to watch Moesha somewhere else. Maybe the unemployment line or the food stamp counter. Get out. Take David with you.

        • Mike

          I hope your not a police officer, but it wouldn’t surprise me if you were…….

          • Not Mike

            As a matter of fact, I am not. Too much red tape for me. Cops have too many rules to follow. Gotta give the criminals a fair chance though.

          • Brianna

            Dr. Dorkenstein sounds like you are an advocate for criminal activity. Shame on you…. LOL

  • red

    David- you are dumb Thank goodness the cab driver was not hurt

  • Death to Communists

    What’s wrong with pursuits? God forbid police officers try to arrest someone for CARJACKING and ARMED ROBBERY. Maybe police everywhere should just lay down and let the scum bags take over. At least then nobody would be subjected to a high speed pursuit. Just another lefty idiot who thinks cops should use “other methods” to arrest the people. What’s your bright idea? Give him a hug and tell him “don’t worry, it’s not your fault. You’re just another victim of this system”? For some light reading, check out MN statute 609.066 aka authorized use of deadly force by peace officers. Maybe you and your life partner should find someplace else to live

  • Rachael thinks

    Dead ….. rejoice you fricken fools. Next time it may be a member of your family…you never know now, do you!?

    • Ed

      So the clown is in heaven living the dream, Why should I feel bad?
      If he were a member of my family I would apologize to everyone and thank the cops.
      Wanna be a criminal AND a member of MY family, won’t happen, I don’t hide criminals from the law family or not and I’d rather the morons in my family tree get weeded out.

    • captainobvious

      It would never be any1 in my family because my family are decent people, they dont rob cabs at gunpoint , glad this p.o.s. is dead

      • captainobvious

        Sorry i desrcibed your family members, losers snap or do drugs to make them do things like this, was this ur dirty relative, i wouldnt even let u touch me feces ur not worth that even, go rob some1 useless waste of life

        • @Captainobviously is a cowered

          @captainobvious, I have noticed that you seem to be racist and hate A LOT!! Did something happen in your life that was so bad that you have to be so negative? Or are you one of them Jerks that think you are ALWAYS right and you can also do no wrong? If you have to always be so racist,hateful and hurtful, Why dont you just move to a different country or something? Or maybe just keep your words to yourself. Do you think anyone really wants to read what you have to say? No! And now i’m guessing that you are going to come back with some rude comment and probably call me names. And if thats what you have to do to make you feel better about yourself then so be it!!. I dont let words from such sorry soul hurt me. I’m guessing that you are so racist,rude and “opinionated” because it’s a computer. But How much you wanna bet that there is NO way you would ever come over to North Mpls and speak your mind to to ANYONE in person. so have your cowered fun in cyberspace. You are a very sad “being” and I hope you can find peace sometime in you life.

          • captainobvious

            What reason would any1 go to north minneapolis? please name 1 thing there, so you right i would never come there, also why would i leave the country im from because, that would admit defeat to the stink thats invaded it, listen I work, i pay my mortgage, no1 in my family is a criminal, I receive not 1 free cent in aide from the state, im an asset not a liability to the state, think what you want im tired of freeloading baby making slime, hes a criminal he got shot why do you pity him, since you do hopefully its your mo9ther who is robbed next time and we’ll see if u understand

          • Mike

            Burn your school books kid.

          • 2011

            @ Captinobviously is a cowered….You took the words out of my mouth about the jerk because he’s OBVIOUSLY ignorant and thinks he and his family are saints!!! Captaionjerkoff needs a reality check….YOU’RE not the only person working, or not commiting crimes and living assistance free!!! It’s sad that you’re glad someone lost their life……I know what he did was wrong and I’m not justifying for him but if he did pose a threat to officers then they had to do their job and protect themselves but for you to not know the situation and be glad he’s dead is heartless!!!! I see you’re just CYBER-TOUGH!!!!! You really need to grow up and stop being so heartless, rude, ignorant, racist and a dumb ass!!!! I bet the ppl in North Minneapolis are glad that ppl like you don’t come their way b/c they ALL would be in jail from teaching you a lesson!!!!! GROW UP AND FAST!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Ross

      If a member of my family was stupid enough to carjack a cabbie, run from the police, and presenting a gun to them. I would expect them to be shot until they stopped moving.

  • Frances les deuce

    Hey — ya’ll outta be jumping up and down. The dude is dead… DEAD. Ya’ll happy now? Pop a cork on the bottle …. maybe best wait to see if it wasn’t a drunken relative of yours is my rec. yep – check to make sure your relatives all safe and sound first.
    In church on Sunday make sure ya’ll get up and say watch ya say here too. See how they react and maybe God will bless you too …. with a bolt of lightning to your skullcap. I mean — who knows eh

  • white homeboy

    Ya’ll goin make me lose my mind, up in heer, up in heer!

    • Mike

      Nice typical racist comment, black dude.

  • Ed

    Don’t play the “what if he was your …. you would feel different” BS, I would feel the same, a criminal is a criminal, blood relative or not.
    The guy could of pulled over at anytime and went to jail with little more than a few bruises but he didn’t make that choice.
    Thank you for this one to the cops involved.

    So criminals who victimize David R, and his family only needs to drive away fast and there is no worry about being shot, good information for a criminal to know. Be warned, thats not the case with Ed and his family.

    • Frances les deuce

      You Da Man there Ed …. come and show me how big you really be, any time and anywhere.
      Now go back into your manwimp cave of yours and pop a pimple on yer nose you little runt. lol

  • HtotheH

    I actually knew the hijacker. He was only 28 years old. He was a guy who made a mistake. Those of you that are saying it was deserved, are treating this guy like he some kind of murderer, for God sakes he stole a car. You should all be ashamed. Go to church, find God or Alla or something. And also think about the comments you are putting on here and consider the idea that his family members might be reading this article and seeing your hateful comments. Think about it.

    • Kally

      Thanks HtotheH,
      Sorry this happened to someone you know. We should pray for everyone involved and be thankful that our own situation is not part of all the bad things that happen everyday. Help someone out today if you can or just be nice to someone.

      • Mike

        Catch a criminal, do something productive.

    • Jason

      Yeah, my car was just stolen from my driveway last month. Im out 5000 + 2 car seats and stroller. So it kind of put a huge finacial burden on my family of 4. Stealing a car is not a mistake, this a hole deserves what he got. If I happend upon the person or people they would have met a similar fate.

      • at Jason

        I got it parked out back Jason …. come on by and get it. I waxed it up for ya too.
        It’s now got 4 cars seats just in case the other 2 break.

        • Mike

          Another black dude mad. HI THIEF, I HOPE WE MEET.

    • me

      ….he stole a car….at gun point…. Yeah, there’s nothing wrong with that. We should all feel sorry for him. Lets look at the time line for a minute. Stole a car, at gun point none the less, took police on a highspeed chase, crashed, and due to his actions, was fatally shot by police. Sounds like more than one mistake to me. Quit trying to draw sympathy for him.

      • Kat Y

        yeah — blow the frickers brains out me

    • Not Ashamed at all

      And are you going to tell us this the first “mistake” he has made? Wrong!
      Think about it, he made several “mistakes” back to back with no sign of change.
      Your saying I should be ashamed for having little regard for his life?
      He had none for my life.
      I drive that road everyday at that time, I drove passed this morning, he may not have graduated to murderer but it was a matter of time.

      To the family and friends, I have more than one major moron in my family too, I feel for you.

    • The Real Mike

      White people run the streets homeboy. We are all armed.

      • The Real Mike


        • The Real Mike

          We all hunt, we are sick of your crime, we carry and shoot often legally, and we want to get rid of criminals by any means neccesary.

  • get real, HtotheH

    @HtotheH I dont care if you did know the guy… And you say he was ONLY 28…. I am 2 years older than him and I know between right and wrong!!!! Would you be asking everyone to give him a break if he would have crashed into another car and killed someone? HE HAD A GUN HE STOLE THE CAR WHO’S TO SAY HE WASNT INTENDING ON KILLING SOMEONE. Chances are, the gun was NOT REGISTERED. SO THAT WOULD BE ANOTHER CRIME. I’m not saying i’m happy he is dead. And a lot of the comments that have been said were uncalled for. Maybe you should have told YOUR friend to go to church. the truth of the matter is, HE COMMITTED THE CRIME AND DIDNT SEEM TO CARE WHO WAS IN HIS WAY. So why should we care about HIM?? I’m sorry you friend is gone but… HE BROUGHT IT UPON HIMSELF!!!! He knew what he was doing. and in that, IT WAS NOT A MISTAKE…

    • Nam Vet

      Maybe a difference is he was under the influence of something. Judgement and common sense don’t exist then. just saying the obvious.

      I am sure the officer that shot him will have second guessing the rest of his life in that could he have shot to disable vs kill. It happens fast. To fast.
      I was in Nam – different and not different. You get a split second to make the call.
      Hardest part to grasp is he did not hurt the driver nor does it seem it was ever his intent to do so. If he had come out without a weapon it would have been different or at least we hope so.
      He made a huge mistake and it cost him his life. Did it need to – we shall never know.
      For those here who wished him dead from the first reporting – God help you. That kind of thinking is not normal for anyone. It’s peverted to be blunt. Super sick

      • tragedy101

        Thank you! Well said!

  • GH

    Are you kidding me? That’s the dumbest thing I’ve read all day!! He put many lives in danger and they did stop the man with the road stop. If you weren’t there then maybe you shouldn’t judge the police officers for doing their job!!
    I hope you never call on the aid of an don’t deserve it

  • Gloria

    I cannot believe how many posters here obviously didn’t read either the headline or the news account. It very clearly states that the individual was shot and killed.

    It sounds, from the story, that the police were completely justified in shooting and killing this person. If it was caught on tape, as stated, the facts are there for the investigators.

    • Mike

      Another WCCO employee mad that everyone doesn’t like her story.

  • David R...

    The article nowhere states he is a felon….your comment implies he was previously convicted of a felony and that was not mentioned in the article. The police still have to prove that he was armed…everyhting up to this point is only speculation….keep in mind, he is innocent until proven guillty, even though he is dead.

    • Go Home, David

      His past record is not important. I don’t care if he’s a convicted felon or an altar boy. By stealing a car at gunpoint, he’s committed several crimes; among them felony theft involving the use or threatened use of deadly force. And guess what…even if he isn’t armed, the police can still use deadly force if he posed a deadly threat, so the police need not prove any weapon existed. Now in this case, they’ll have the gun anyways, so hopefully that makes it easier to clear the officers involved.

    • fred

      don`t worry david r….there are plenty more armed thugs in the world. keep up the bedwetting

  • Chaser892

    WCCO once again fails geography class. This chase never went through “northeast Minneapolis”. It went through the north and northeast suburbs. The entire metro area is not called Minneapolis.

    • swerver

      chit for brains, the article never says wheteher the cab was northbound or westbound in the tunnel, i f he was southbound he may have took 35w north , hence taking them thru northeast minneapolis, you need to consider getting a life

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  • Jake

    I hope that the law ENFORCEMENT officer gets a solid GOLD medal from somebody for doing his/her job well. The thug reaped what he sowed, and I have no sympathy for him. He made the life-ending decisions, not the cops. The cops did their job, and I am thankful for it.

    • Me is the rightous one

      love it when they kill someone. good or bad. who cares. kaboom. we shot you dead, boom boom, you hit your head, bang bang, we got the man so dead, oh no, it wasn’t him, oh no, it was a kid, pop pop, we did the very wrong thing……

  • blazer please be joking

    Anyone looking for work that way should be shot. In fact, anyone risking another persons life while in the act of a crime should be killed on sight.

    • Josh

      @blazer please be joking
      Well. Your wish came true. The man is dead.

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