Police officers who shot and killed an armed carjacking suspect inside a Mounds View liquor store in November were justified in using deadly force, the Ramsey County attorney's office announced Tuesday.
An investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension found that 21-year-old Noah Douglas Kelley was pointing a handgun at police when two officers fatally shot him at Merwin Liquors on the evening of Nov. 28, 2021.
No criminal charges will be filed against Officer John Thomas of the New Brighton Police Department or Sgt. Michael Hanson of the Mounds View Police Department, both of whom fired their weapons during the incident.
Police were pursuing Kelley after he carjacked a man in an SUV outside an Aldi grocery store at Mounds View Boulevard and Long Lake Road, forcing the driver at gunpoint to take him across a parking lot to the liquor store where he was shot.
Kelley, who lived nearby, left his apartment on foot that evening after an argument with his fiancee, the BCA report said. He was intoxicated after spending the day drinking and smoking marijuana. A toxicology report found his blood-alcohol concentration was 0.191 - more than twice the legal limit to drive.
Kelley walked to the Aldi, where he encountered the driver of the SUV, who was waiting in the vehicle with his 3-year-old son while his wife and another child were inside shopping.
After forcing his way into the SUV, Kelley pointed his pistol at the man's son and ordered the man to drive him to Merwin Liquors, which is in the same strip mall as the Aldi, the BCA report said.
Once outside the liquor store, Kelley exited the vehicle and the man in the SUV drove back to Aldi and called police.
Meanwhile, Kelley fired two shots through the liquor store's front door, forced his way inside and assaulted its lone employee, who was eventually able to leave the store and call 911.
Police arrived about 7:10 p.m. and were told Kelley was still inside and armed with a handgun. When four officers entered the store and announced themselves, they were confronted by Kelley, who was holding the gun with both hands and pointing it at the officers, according to the BCA report.
After Kelley did not comply with commands to drop the gun, Hanson and Thomas shot him, the report said.
The officers provided first aid until paramedics arrived, but a gunshot wound to Kelley's neck was fatal, according to a report by the Hennepin County medical examiner.
A .380-caliber pistol was found next to Kelley's body.
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