Mother IDs Man Killed by Deputies in Northeastern Minnesota

MOUNTAIN IRON, Minn.- The 19-year-old man shot by deputies Saturday after fleeing the scene of a shoplifting call in Mountain Iron has been identified by his mother.

Estavon Elioff was identified by his mother Jacqueline, the Star Tribune reported.

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that deputies first discovered the man outside a business about 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Mountain Iron.

He refused commands and fled on foot, the release said. The sheriff’s statement was not clear whether deputies identified him as the shoplifting suspect.

About an hour later, deputies with a police dog found Elioff in a wooded area.

The statement said there was a confrontation, deputies deployed Tasers and then two of them shot Elioff. Authorities have not indicated that the man was armed or provided details about the confrontation prior to the shooting.

Estavon Elioff died at the scene. The deputies have been placed on administrative leave while the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigates the shooting.

Meanwhile as deputies and other law enforcement officers searched for the man, they learned he matched the description of a suspect in a drive-by shooting Friday in the nearby town of Virginia.

In that incident the Sheriff’s Office said, shots were fired and bullet holes were found at the back door of a residence at the intersection of 8th Avenue West and 12th Street North. A male occupant told police he fired back; he was arrested and is being held at St. Louis County Jail for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Jacqueline Elioff, of Vancouver, Washington, said she spoke with her son Saturday morning.

She said they made plans for him to move him out of his grandmother’s home in Virginia and live with her in Vancouver. She said “he fell into drugs like other kids, and we needed to get him out of there because we knew there was a lot of trouble.” She hoped to get him into treatment.

Elioff said she has not received any other information from the sheriff’s office.

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office asked the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to conduct their own investigation. They have not officially confirmed whether the 19-year-old shot was indeed Estavon Elioff.

When asked for comment Saturday a BCA spokesperson said they’ll provide additional details once the medical examiner completes the preliminary autopsy and formal identification and initial interviews are complete.

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