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BCA Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Kensington

Posted: 05/07/2019

Category: County Sheriff Press Release

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The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has requested the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) investigate an officer involved shooting that occurred shortly after midnight May 7 in Kensington.

Three Douglas County sheriff’s deputies and a Grant County deputy were at the scene which involved a physical altercation with a man that resulted in a Douglas County deputy discharging his firearm. The incident occurred near the West Central Area South Elementary School at 31 Central Avenue North in Kensington.  

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the deputies involved in an officer involved shooting incident. All four were placed on administrative leave.

  • Investigator Jonathan Danner has been with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office for 14 years. Investigator Danner used his baton during the incident.
  • Deputy Adam Kavanagh has been with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for 11 years. Deputy Kavanagh used Taser and firearm during the incident. He was treated for minor injuries.
  • Deputy Grant Larson has been with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for three years. He was treated for minor injuries.
  • Sergeant Wade Lerfald has been with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for 22 years. Sergeant Lerfald discharged his Taser during the incident.

The man injured during the incident has been identified as John Edward Kampmeyer, 64, of Baltic, South Dakota. Mr. Kampmeyer remains hospitalized at St. Cloud Hospital where he is being treated for non-life threatening gunshot injuries.

At approximately 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7, Deputy Larson approached Mr. Kampmeyer, who had been living in his vehicle since it broke down three days earlier, to tell him that he would need to move it or it would be towed. Mr. Kampmeyer walked away, at which time Deputy Larson called for backup.

Deputies located Mr. Kampmeyer at approximately 12:55 a.m. standing on Central Ave. North between Rostedt and State streets.

According to the BCA’s preliminary investigation, when the deputies approached Mr. Kampmeyer he began swinging what deputies described as a long axe handle (without an axe head). Tasers and a baton used by deputies to attempt to gain control of Kampmeyer were ineffective. Deputy Kavanagh fell onto his back and Kampmeyer approached Kavanagh with the stick. Deputy Kavanagh fired his weapon, striking Kampmeyer.

Mr. Kampmeyer was taken to St. Cloud Hospital where he continues to receive treatment. Deputies Kavanagh and Larson were taken to Alomere Health in Alexandria where they were treated for minor injuries sustained when they fell during the encounter and released.

BCA crime scene personnel recovered a 4-foot piece of wood at the scene. Body cameras worn by Douglas County deputies captured the incident.

The BCA is investigating the officer involved shooting incident at the request of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. This is an active and ongoing investigation. When the investigation is complete, the BCA will provide its findings without recommendation to the Douglas County Attorney’s Office for review.



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