Rochester police officer cleared in fatal shooting

LANESBORO, Minn. – Authorities have cleared a Rochester police officer who shot and killed a man in Fillmore County.

45-year-old Kristofer Daniel Youngquist died after a standoff with law enforcement on October 23, 2016 at his home in rural Lanesboro.  After three hours of negotiation, Youngquist came out of his home and pointed a rifle at officers.  Sergeant Steven Thompson, a member of the Rochester/Olmsted Emergency Response Unit, fired and killed Youngquist.

The rifle turned out to be a pellet gun.  Thompson was placed on administrative leave.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigated this incident and concluded that the officer’s use of force was justified.

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