Columbia Heights man dies after several hours of negotiations with police

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner identified Isak Abdirahman Aden, 23, of Columbia Heights as the man who was killed during an officer involved shooting July 2 in Eagan.

He died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the medical examiner.

“Anytime there’s a loss of life it’s a tragic event,” Police Chief Roger New said during a press conference last week following the incident. “My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that was impacted by this incident, family members, my officers and community members.”

No officers were injured in the incident. New said body-worn cameras and squad cameras may have captured the events of the incident.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is the lead investigative agency in the incident.

Jaylani Hussein, executive director executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, along with members of Aden’s his family have since demanded the immediate release of all evidence related to the incident including videos, police reports and audio reports.

“I was at the scene when my brother was executed by law enforcement officers,” said Badrudin Aden, Isak Aden’s brother during a CAIR press conference Monday. “We have information we can’t disclose at this time, but there are a lot of unanswered questions. That’s why we need the BCA to release the squad cam footage and body camera footage immediately.”

When asked for more specifics Ellen Longfellow, a civil rights attorney for CAIR said “we haven’t received all the facts yet, so they’re going to delay any comments until we have more facts ourselves.”

Michelle Gross, president of Communities United Against Police Brutality, said they want the information now instead of waiting for “the interpretation from the BCA.”

“The BCA has repeatedly shown their investigation is about clearing police officers,” Gross said.

The call

Eagan officers were dispatched to a domestic call involving a firearm at 6:05 p.m. July 2 near the intersection of Burgundy Drive and Highway 13 in Eagan.

When officers located a male suspect, he was still in possession of the firearm, according to police. Following a short foot pursuit, they contained the man near the 1900 block of Seneca Drive.

The officers ordered Aden to put down the gun and attempted negotiations with him for several hours, police said.

At some point during the negotiations, shots were fired.

Aden was struck. New said they then began life saving efforts.

Aden was then taken to Regions Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

New said officers recovered a firearm at the scene.

What now

The officers involved will be put on paid administrative leave, as is standard proceedure following an officer-involved shooting, New said.

Apple Valley, Bloomington, Burnsville, Edina police and the Minnesota State Patrol assisted in the incident.

“Each agency that was involved in the incident had officers that were part of the incident,” New said. “Some were witness and some discharged firearms. At this time it’s too early to tally how many officers were put on paid administrative leave.”

The BCA will provide additional details, including the officers’ names, once the initial round of interviews with the incident participants and witnesses is complete.

Aden

Aden’s family wants people to know he was a hardworking man with a bright future.

“We know anytime there’s a police-involved shooting that young black men get completely pictured wrong,” Hussein said. “We do not want that to happen this time.”

Both his sister Sumaya Aden and former advisor Jason Stockwell from the Learning for Leadership Charter School spoke of Aden’s character during Monday’s press conference.

“He was the type of brother who put his family before everyone else,” Sumaya Aden said.

Stockwell said he was an accomplished artist and bright student when he graduated in 2014.

His sister said Isak Aden was a few classes away from graduating from the University of Minnesota with an information technology degree, and worked full time at a bank.

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