Man Shot By Apple Valley Police Officer Dies
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) –- The man shot by an Apple Valley police officer on Sunday evening has died, according to Regions Hospital.
The Apple Valley Police Department says the shooting happened after 5:40 p.m., when officers were called to a domestic dispute at a home on the 13900 block of Herald Court.
When officers arrived at the home, they spoke with a man and a woman who had been in a fight, police said. Police said the woman had fled the residence fearing her own safety, and the man was in an agitated state.
Police said the officers were able to subdue the man, later identified as 48-year-old Carl Anthony Tatum, enough to attempt an arrest for felony domestic assault by strangulation, but he then ran into the residence and up the stairs.
One officer saw Tatum had retrieved a handgun.
“The man had flung a cushion up on the sofa and reached down into the sofa,” said Acting Apple Valley Police Chief Jon Rechtzigel. “(He) was turning to face the officers, and he had a gun in his hand.”
Police said Tatum fired his gun, and the officer returned fire. Tatum was struck and fell to the floor, police said.
Paramedics took him to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. On Monday morning, hospital authorities confirmed Tatum had died of blood loss, resulting from his injuries. Police say he had multiple gunshot wounds.
No one else was hurt in the shooting, police said. This is the city’s first officer-involved shooting since 2000.
Both officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings.
The officers were identified as Tommie Booth and Tara Becker. Booth was the officer who shot the man.
Rechtzigel said he is confident his officers did the right thing.
“They had no choice,” he said. “They had to take care of themselves (and) protect their lives.”
Apple Valley Police and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating the incident.