Taxi Carjacking Suspect Shot By Police Identified

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The man who was shot and killed by police after allegedly carjacking a taxi cab in Minneapolis Thursday morning has been identified.

Police say Jason Peter Barsness, 28, was shot after he allegedly emerged from the carjacked taxi and pointed a handgun at officers.

Police said Barsness was riding in a Red & White taxi cab along westbound Interstate 94 around 5 a.m. He had given the driver a non-existent address. When the cabbie stopped in the Lowry Hill Tunnel and told Barsness to get out of the cab, he pulled a gun and carjacked the cab.

Officers pursued Barsness throughout the northern Twin Cities metro area at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour, causing a number of road closures.

The police pursuit ended when Barsness ran over stop sticks in Columbus, which caused the cab to go off the road and into the ditch.

In all, five officers were said to have fired their weapons after seeing Barsness emerge with a handgun. They were State Patrol troopers Jared Sturgill and Andrew Wayne Gibbes, Minneapolis Police officer Paul Dellwo and two as-yet unidentified Brooklyn Park Police officers.

All five are on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings. State Patrol trooper Gerald Ladwig and Minneapolis Police officers Daniel Ledman and Chris Smith, who witnessed the incident, are also on paid administrative leave.

  • JamieinMN

    Geeez what drives someone to do something so stupid??? Suicide of course.

    • why

      Lack of parental involvement during his childhood (most likely). There is always an occasional nut job that is destined to fail.

  • Clint Make My Day

    Perp was an idiot.
    Thats also the case of the taxy driver —- no one pulls over in a tunnel. Nobody.
    Double suicide could have been the result when a truck takes them all out.

  • Rev. J

    One less criminal off the streets.

  • Rush L

    Hmmmm….. Where are all the bleeding hearts now? Just because the perp wasn’t a minority, I guess he isn’t worth the libs chiming in.

    • Ven

      Not so quick there skippy – all of a sudden this story in buried …where’s comments about ‘just another brother…”?? Point is, I feel for anyone who has to resort to this and glad no innocent person was hurt…but can’t we all just get along?

  • captainobvious

    Im here if u read all my posts i never said he was black i said he was a criminal therefore im glad he got shot and dont care he died, altho if we were playing roulette and i had to bet black or white, i think id do really well betting black everycrime

    • Jeremy Pettit

      I’d take that bet, because I doubt many taxi drivers would pick up a black guy who is flagging them down at 5 in the morning.

    • Ven

      gambling is a dangerous game my friend

  • Danny Church

    He was a good friend of mine. All of you who talk sh#@ I would love to see you say that person to person. He was a good guy in a bad spot. He was a caring person. I hope all of you can just leave it be without leaving hatefull comments.

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