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Grand Jury: 2 Officers Justified in Fatal Shooting of Kennewick Man

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MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (AP) - A Ramsey County grand jury has determined the use of deadly force was justified for two police officers who fatally shot a homicide suspect.
The officers killed 18-year-old Jonathon Dean Mar, of Kennewick, Washington, last December along Interstate 694 in Shoreview following a police chase. Mar was suspected of fatally shooting 23-year-old Matthew Maffei in the head at a rest stop in Maple Grove earlier in the day.
Sheriff's officials said Mar crashed his car in the interstate median and "brandished a weapon" before he was shot by a Brooklyn Center officer and a Hennepin County sheriff's deputy.
The grand jury on Wednesday determined there was no probable cause to charge either officer.


PREVIOUS:  Authorities say a Washington state man who was killed by police on a busy Minnesota freeway was repeatedly stabbing himself in the moments before the shooting, then charged at officers with a knife.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says 18-year-old Johnathon Dean Mar ignored officers' commands to drop the knife in the Wednesday morning incident. Two officers shot him multiple times when he charged at them.

The officers were identified as Hennepin County Sheriff's Deputy Matthew Hagen and Brooklyn Center Police Officer Alan Salvosa. Both are on standard administrative leave.


PREVIOUS: We now know the name of the victim who Kennewick teen Johnathon Mar is accused of shooting at a rest stop in Minnesota Wednesday morning. 

Police say the victim was 23-year-old Matthew Maffei and his last known address was in Ephrata, Washington.

Police say Maffei died from a gunshot to the head. 

No word yet on a motive or why the two were in Minnesota.


PREVIOUS: KENNEWICK, WA - The Kennewick School District says one of their students, a suspect in a homicide, died in an officer involved shooting early Wednesday morning in Minnesota after leading officers on a high speed chase. 

The district says Johnathon Mar was enrolled at Legacy High School/Tri-Tech Skills Center.

The district says Mar was enrolled at Southridge High School for three months in 2011 and then enrolled in an online high school outside the district. 

He returned in August of 2014 to Southridge High School and Tri-Tech Skills Center. He transferred to Legacy High School while continuing classes at Tri-Tech in November of this year.

Maple Grove Police in Minnesota says they responded to a report of a shooting at a rest area along I-94 around 1:00 a.m Wednesday.

When officers arrived they found a man, dead in a car from an apparent homicide.

A witness called 911 and said they saw the suspect get into a red SUV with Oregon Plates. Officers spotted the SUV a bit later, tried to stop the driver, but the suspect led officers on a high speed chase through 3 cities and 2 counties.
The driver ended up crashing near I-694 East and Rice Street. Police say the suspect came out of his car holding a weapon. That's when officers shot the suspect. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The Maple Grove Police Department is investigating the apparent homicide. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the officer involved shooting. 

A Hennepin County Sheriff's Deputy and Brooklyn Center Police officer fired their weapons during the incident.

Investigators say they still have more questions than answers in the case.