Questions Remain Following Officer-Involved Shooting Death of Minnetonka HS Student

July 14, 2018 05:54 PM

(KSTP) -- Police are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting in Chanhassen involving a 16-year-old, and the community still has questions about what led to this encounter. 

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said the 16-year-old, identified by a family friend as Minnetonka High School student Archer Amorosi, died after he was shot by Carver County deputies. 


Friday morning around 10, BCA investigators say the 16-year-old's mother called 911 saying her son was suicidal. She claims he was threatening her with knives and a baseball bat at a home in the 6400 block of Oriole Avenue in Chanhassen.

When Carver County deputies arrived, the BCA says they attempted to subdue Amorosi with a Taser. But at one point during the encounter, two deputies fired their weapons. Amorosi was pronounced dead at the scene. One deputy was taken to the hospital and released.

"I just want to know what happened, what the full story is, I'm just really confused right now," said one student who knows Amorosi but didn't want to be identified. 

The community is remembering Amorosi as a friend, a great athlete, and a competitor.

 "I knew he was a nice kid, well-liked at Minnetonka," the unidentified student said. "I remember he was just really outgoing, happy kid always giving people high fives and stuff like that."

Amorosi played football and lacrosse for Minnetonka High.

The family is asking for privacy. But 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS did speak with the father of one of Amorosi's good friends.

He said the 16-year-old was "a good kid."

"A rough day for Archer ended poorly but they will remember him," he said. "A tragedy all around, sad day for everyone."

Minnetonka High School football coach Dave Nelson spoke about how Amorosi's death is hitting the community.

"It struck a lot of people here really hard. Archer's dad was a key person in the golf planning committee," Nelson said. "We'd gotten to be very close, so a lot of people took it hard. I guess at this point it's kind of surreal."

Minnetonka High School Principal Jeff Erickson wrote in a statement counselors will be available at the school starting Monday. He called Archer "talented" and said, "he will be deeply missed."

"This situation is heartbreaking and I want to extend my thoughts and prayers to Archers' parents and family, his friends, and the entire Minnetonka High School community," Erickson said. "I know this situation is particularly devastating to those of you who know Archer well."

The BCA said there may be body and dash cam video that captured portions of the incident. Both deputies who fired their weapons are now on paid administrative leave.


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