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St. Paul officers identified in fatal shooting of man

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St. Paul officers identified in fatal shooting of man
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

ST. PAUL - St. Paul police on Friday identified the officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man on the West Side the day before.

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They are Officers Mark Grundhauser and Joseph Sandquist. Investigators are continuing to work with the Ramsey County medical examiner's office to identify the man who was killed in the encounter.

Police said Thursday that the man who was shot had set off "frantic" 911 calls with his aggressive behavior and came at officers with a rock.

Before police arrived, he was bloodied and smashing car windows with a pipe, they said. One 911 caller said the man was "gonna hurt somebody," according to a transcript released by police.

Police Chief Thomas Smith said the two officers who confronted the suspect feared for their lives when he ignored orders to stop and closed on them with a rock bigger than a baseball.

Grundhauser and Sandquist have both been St. Paul officers since 2012 and previously worked for the department as civilians, Grundhauser as a parking enforcement officer and Sandquist as a property clerk. Their personnel records show that each was disciplined once for preventable accidents.

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