St. Paul cop won’t face criminal charges in deadly shooting

ST. PAUL (MN) — The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office has announced that it will not be filing criminal charges for the fatal police shooting of Howard Peter Holliday Johnson, which occurred on December 5, 2022.

Ramsey County prosecutors reviewed the investigation by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and concluded that St. Paul police sergeant Cody Blanshan’s use of deadly force was legal under Minnesota law.

In an email sent to his staff, John Choi of the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office said that Sergeant Blanshan responded to a report about a domestic violence as described in your memo.

Your memorandum concludes, in the end, that the use by Sergeant Blanshan of deadly force was justified under Minnesota Law. I agree with the conclusion you reached and commend the thoroughness of your analysis of the evidence collected by BCA investigators. “I also appreciate that Jeff Noble was retained as a police force expert to help us and the public better understand the circumstances surrounding this officer-involved fatality, including the tactics used by responding officers.”

Just days after the shooting, St. Paul Police released the body camera footage. Choi requested that BCA release “all public data” from this investigation as quickly as possible.

BCA reports that St. Paul Police responded to Earl Street near Hudson Road shortly after 6 pm on Monday to reports of domestic violence.

Investigators reported that the 911 caller said Johnson was armed and that officers had formed a perimeter at the scene.

A woman left a store on Hudson Road at the same time and got in her car. The BCA reported that Johnson pointed a gun towards the woman’s vehicle as she started driving away.

Blanshan was seated in a squad vehicle nearby, as part of the perimeter.

According to the video, Blanshan told his radio “He’s there.” “He is walking eastbound.” He’s got the gun in his hand. He’s pointing at a vehicle, he is trying to carjack.

Investigators claim that Blanshan then hit Johnson with his squad car, knocking him down.

“Don’t do it!” Johnson shouts.

Johnson got up and fired at Blanshan. He was killed. Blanshan did not suffer any injuries.

Investigators claim that officers handcuffed Johnson before EMS arrived and administered first aid. He was taken to Regions Hospital where he later died.

BCA agents reported finding a Glock Pistol in.45 calibre and three bullet casings of.45 calibre at the scene. The BCA also said that they found 10 9 millimeter cartridge cases, which “could be consistent with the department handgun Blanshan used.”

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