Police shoot and kill a suicidal man armed with a knife

The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified the two Minneapolis police officers who shot and killed a suicidal man wielding a knife on the city’s North Side last week.

Officers Ryan Keyes and Neal Walsh both fired at Travis Jordan, 36, after he emerged from his home in the 3700 block of Morgan Ave. N. armed with a large kitchen knife, the state agency said in a news release. Body cameras captured video and audio of the shooting.

Both officers have been with the department for 11 months and are on standard administrative leave.

Jordan, who went by “TJ,” was killed Nov. 9 after a woman, believed to be his girlfriend, asked police to a wellness check on Jordan because she believed that he would hurt himself. According to a transcript of her 911 call, the woman is heard telling the dispatcher that he “wasn’t violent” and says he is unarmed. A search warrant affidavit revealed that dispatchers were later told that Jordan “was trying to obtain a firearm,” but it’s unclear whether that information was passed on to officers, who had already arrived on the scene.

The BCA says the officers then tried to make contact with Jordan and he emerged through the front door with the knife when he was shot.

His friends and relatives have disputed that version of events and questioned why the officers didn’t use a Taser instead of bullets to subdue someone who appeared to only be a threat to himself.

According to court records and family members, Jordan had a history of mental health issues and had been committed to a treatment facility after he began drinking heavily and started having problems at work.



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