ROSEVILLE, Minn. (WCCO) – Two Roseville Police Officers opened fire on a man they say threatened them with a handgun.
Officers were called to an apartment building around 8:30 p.m. Thursday night for a call about domestic violence. Authorities said the call was from a woman who sounded like she was being choked.
The phone disconnected and dispatch made numerous calls to the home, but only received voicemail.
According to the police report, when officers arrived at the apartment at 655 Larpenteur Avenue West, they went up to the unit where the 911 call originated. They spotted a man, now identified as 55-year old Wayne Malone, pointing a gun at them near the doorway of the unit.
They asked him repeatedly to drop his weapon, but he refused. So the officers fired several rounds and killed him.
Once the apartment was clear they found Malone’s wife and adult child in the apartment unharmed.
The apartment building was evacuated while police and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) investigated. Apartment residents were kept warm in a bus.
Officers said Malone’s wife was the one who called 911.
Police said they’ve responded to four calls to that address since February 2010. That includes cases where he had threatened to kill people in his apartment building and where he was combative with police and paramedics.
The two officers involved are Officer Grant Dattilo, a 5-year veteran, and Officer Joe Adams, a 4-year veteran. Both have been put on paid administrative leave, standard procedure in these types of cases.