Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A Duluth criminal defense attorney is speaking out for the family of 26-year-old Zachary Premo, who was gunned down by police Tuesday. David Malban says are no easy answers with this case and right now the family has more questions than answers.
The officers involved in the shooting have been identified as Matthew Hendrickson, a 7-year veteran of the department, and Jacob Peterson, a 4-year veteran of the Duluth Police Department.
Officers were called to a report of a single vehicle crash in the area of Orange Street and Arlington Avenue around 1:59 A.M Tuesday morning, where the driver had fled.
Peterson and Hendrickson responded to the area of the 300 block of East Locust Street that was associated with the registered owner of the vehicle. It's there, they say, that one officer encountered Premo outside with a handgun.
The officer radioed for assistance and shouted verbal commands in an attempt to get the subject to comply. The second officer in the area responded to assist the first officer and both officers repeatedly yelled loud commands to attempt to get the subject to comply.
This encounter lasted for over three minutes and when officers attempted to take the man into custody, he reached for the area where the gun was located.
Both officers fired their duty weapons and Premo was pronounced dead at the scene.
Peterson and Hendrickson have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is common procedure
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the incident and anyone with information is asked to contact the BCA.
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