Austin Police Officer Won’t be Charged in Fatal Shooting
AUSTIN -- An Austin police officer won't be charged in a fatal shooting.
The Olmsted County Attorney's office said Monday Officer Chad Norman was
justified when he shot Ronald Dean Johnson.
Norman, a 14-year police veteran, was among officers responding to a domestic disturbance in Austin on Jan. 11. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
says Johnson had a knife and was refusing to let a woman leave his home.
Johnson forced the woman upstairs and began throwing things at officers who rushed the stairs. Norman fired his gun, striking Johnson, after an air conditioner and a bottle were thrown at the officer.
Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger says the BCA's investigation is not yet closed and Norman has not been fully cleared to return to duty.