Officer involved shooting

Police, fire and ambulance personnel and vehicles respond around 11:30 p.m. Nov. 9 to a residence on Apgar Street where James Hanchett was shot and killed by a Shakopee police officer.

Updated at 12:08 p.m. Monday

Authorities have released the name of the Shakopee man who died after an officer-involved shooting in Shakopee Friday night, and the name of the officer who fired his weapon.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the deceased as James Paul Hanchett, 61, of Shakopee, and said he died of multiple gunshot wounds.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension identified the Shakopee police officer who fired his weapon as Officer Thor Carlson, who has been with the Shakopee Police Department for 12 years. He has been placed on standard administrative leave, according to a BCA press release.

Based on the preliminary investigation, officers from the Shakopee Police Department responded to a fire alarm call at 823 Apgar Street South at 11:08 p.m. at the request of an alarm company. When officers attempted to make contact with the occupants of the residence, they encountered Hanchett at the door.

Officers were met at the front door by a man holding a handgun, according to the Shakopee Police Department. According to police, the man raised his gun and pointed it at one of the officers, who feared for his life and shot the man. Officers began performing life-saving measures on the man but he was later pronounced dead at St. Francis Regional Medical Center, according to a Shakopee police release. He died at 11:50 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s report.

BCA crime scene personnel recovered a handgun from the scene. The officers were wearing body cameras and the incident was recorded, police said.

The BCA is continuing to conduct interviews and evaluate the body camera videos and other evidence from the scene to determine the events that led up to the shooting. When the investigation is complete, the BCA will turn its findings over to the Scott County Attorney’s Office for review.

Police Chief Jeff Tate has declined to comment on the investigation beyond the press release except to say the police department’s statement is supported by the officer’s body camera footage.

According to Hanchett’s obituary, he was born in Lansing, Michigan, and is survived by four brothers and a sister. He worked as a carpenter, was a Mason with the Minnesota River Valley No. 6 Lodge and enjoyed fishing and hunting and loved his cat, Elliot. Private services will be held at McNearney-Schmidt Funeral and Cremation in Shakopee.


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