UPDATE: Man killed in Fillmore County officer-involved shooting is identified


UPDATE: The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is clarifying the events in Sunday’s fatal shooting in rural Fillmore County.

According to the preliminary investigation, Kristofer Youngquist exited his home and then retreated back inside during his encounter with law enforcement.  At the time of the shooting, Youngquist was inside his home and allegedly pointing his weapon at officers stationed outside.  The Rochester/Olmsted County Emergency Response Unit fired at Younquist from outside the home.


LANESBORO, Minn. – The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is identifying the man killed in a fatal officer involved shooting in Fillmore County.

The man shot dead is 45-year-old Kristofer Daniel Youngquist of Lanesboro.

Fillmore County sheriff’s deputies went to Youngquist’s home around 1:30 pm Sunday because he was a suspect in an assault reported earlier that day.  According to the preliminary investigation, Youngquist was observed walking around his property with a rifle.  As the Emergency Response Unit entered his property, Youngquist reportedly retreated inside his home.

Authorities say he finally emerged from his home after three hours of negotiations and repeated commands to surrender and pointed his rifle at officers.  Rochester Police Sergeant Steven Thompson, a member of the ERU, fired his weapon and killed Youngquist.

The rifle was later found to be a pellet gun.

An investigation into this incident by state law enforcement is continuing and its results will be presented to the Fillmore County Attorney’s Office.


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FILLMORE CO., Minn. – A suspect is dead after an officer-involved shooting on Sunday, according to a Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Deputies investigated a reported felony domestic assault and later found the suspect at his home in rural Fillmore County. He reportedly refused to cooperate and the Rochester/Olmsted Emergency Response Unit was requested to assist due to the suspect’s history and reported access to weapons.

During the incident, Rochester police tactical Sgt. Steve Thompson, a 17-year veteran of the department, fired his gun and killed the suspect. Following procedure, the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office has requested the Minnesota Bureau of Apprehension to conduct the investigation.

Thompson has been on the Emergency Response Unit since 2007 and has been placed on administrative leave, Rochester Police Chief Roger Peterson said.

This is the first time since 2007 that the Rochester Police Department has seen an officer-involved shooting and the first fatal officer-involved shooting the Emergency Response Unit has had.

Stay with KIMT News 3 on air and online for the latest developments. 

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