Itasca County Attorney’s Office: Cohasset Officer-Involved Shooting Justified
The use of force in an officer-involved shooting in Cohasset has been deemed justified by the Itasca County Attorney’s Office.
Deputy Steven Snyder fired his gun at 31-year-old Adam Russell Schneider after the man refused to put a gun down and pointed it at deputies.
The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 400 block of 2nd Street Northwest around 2:45 a.m. on August 22 on reports of a disturbance.
When they arrived, officers were confronted and threatened by Schneider, who was holding a shotgun.
Schneider continued holding onto the gun, despite repeated commands to drop the weapon.
He then pointed the gun at the deputies. That’s when Deputy Snyder fired his gun, striking Schneider.
Schneider was transported to Grand Itasca Hospital, where he died of his injuries.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension conducted a thorough and comprehensive investigation into Schneider’s death.
The BCA determined all responding officers and citizens in the area faced the threat of great bodily harm as a result of Schneider’s actions and ruled the use of deadly force was justified.
Deputy Snyder has been cleared of any wrong-doing and the investigation is now closed.