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BCA identifies man, Rochester police officer involved in fatal shooting

Joshua Clayton Hippler was shot during a traffic stop at 12:44 a.m. Saturday, hours after he allegedly robbed a business with an ax.

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ROCHESTER — The man shot by a Rochester police officer on Saturday morning, July 30, 2022, has been identified.

Joshua Clayton Hippler, 27, died of multiple gunshot wounds to the upper torso, according to a statement from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

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Officer Michael Bottcher was identified by the BCA as the officer who shot Hippler. He is on administrative leave, which is standard procedure during an officer-involved shooting investigation.

Crime scene personnel recovered a knife and an ax "at the scene and from Hippler's vehicle," according to the statement.

The BCA said the shooting was captured on the officer's body camera. The video won't be released until the case is fully closed and adjudicated.


The fatal shooting occurred after Rochester police responded to a robbery call at Domino's Pizza on Broadway Avenue South at 10:59 p.m. Friday night. A man allegedly entered the business armed with an ax, took cash and fled in a van.

Police located the van at 12:44 a.m. Saturday and conducted a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 63, south of the U.S. Highway 52 overpass. According to the BCA, reports indicate the suspect got out of the van with the ax and charged toward an officer. The officer shot the suspect, who died later at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys.

The officer involved in the shooting has been with the Rochester Police Department for just over a year and was an officer at another agency previously, according to the BCA.

The BCA is investigating the officer-involved shooting, which is standard procedure in Minnesota.

Abby Sharpe joined the Post Bulletin in February 2022 after graduating from Arizona State University with a sports journalism degree. While at ASU, she created short- and long-form stories for audio and digital. Readers can reach Abby at 507-285-7723 or asharpe@postbulletin.com.
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