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October Officer-Involved Shooting Still Under Review

Jeffery Michael O'Connor, 25, was shot and killed by Richfield police on Oct. 5, 2012. The case will be taken to a grand jury.

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The officer-involved shooting that proved fatal for a 25-year-old Richfield man is still an open, active case for the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.

after a Richfield officer shot him inside a residence on the 6600 block of Park Avenue around 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5. Richfield officers responded to a report of an emotionally disturbed man and a possible hostage situation. O'Connor was reportedly wielding a knife when the officer shot and killed him.

Both the Hennepin County Sheriff's and Hennepin County Attorney's offices told Richfield Patch the investigation was still active. The sheriff's office compiled all the relevant information and passed it on to the attorney's office.

"On all officer-involved deaths, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office always takes the case to a grand jury," Chuck Laszewski, media coordinator for the attorney's office, told Patch in an e-mail Wednesday. "So that citizens can decide whether to indict the officer in the death or return a no-bil."

A no-bill simply means no charges will be filed against the officer, or officers. However, Laszewski said with no one in custody, it could take months for a grand jury to hear the case.

Three officers were put on paid administrative leave immediately following the incident, and all returned to work exactly one week later, according to Richfield Police Chief Todd Sandell.

Richfield Patch will update readers as more information becomes available.

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