Weather Forecast


Cass Lake man shot by Twin Cities officers

ST. PAUL — A 28-year-old Cass Lake man was shot and killed by Twin Cities law enforcement officers after leading the officers on a high-speed pursuit through the north metro, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety reported. 

Jason Peter Barsness, 28, whose last known address was in Cass Lake but who authorities said had a possible address in Minneapolis, died of multiple gunshot wounds. Barsness was shot by law enforcement when he allegedly emerged from the vehicle and pointed a handgun at officers.

The incident started as an armed carjacking in Minneapolis shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday. Minneapolis police officers spotted the vehicle on I-94 in north Minneapolis. When Barsness would not stop, a pursuit began. Other agencies joined the pursuit, including the Minnesota State Patrol and the Brooklyn Park Police Department.

The pursuit continued through several north metro communities, lasting approximately 38 minutes and reaching speeds over 100 mph. It ended on northbound I-35E near 80th Street in Columbus when the vehicle ran over spike strips deployed by law enforcement and went off the road, coming to a stop in the ditch on the east side of the road.

When officers approached the vehicle, the suspect pointed a gun at them, and several officers fired their weapons. Barsness died at the scene.  

The five law enforcement personnel  — two Brooklyn Park police officers, a Minneapolis police officer and two State Patrol troopers — who fired their weapons are on standard administrative leave while the incident is being investigated. A third State Patrol trooper who witnessed the incident also is on administrative leave. 

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the incident with the assistance of Anoka County.