Names In Deadly Austin Officer-Involved Shooting Released
St Paul (KROC AM News) - The names of the Austin man who was killed in a police shooting last week and the officer who shot him have been released.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified the officer as Zachary Gast, who has been with the Austin PD for two years. The man he shot has been identified as 38-year-old Kokou Fiafonou.
The BCA says Fiafonou died from multiple gunshot wounds.
Austin Police Chief David McKichan said last week the deadly shooting occurred during a confrontation at a Kwik Trip convenience store shortly after 9:30 PM Dec. 23rd that followed a more than 24-hour long standoff at a nearby apartment complex. McKichan says the man was armed with a knife.
The BCA says the Austin PD does not use body-worn cameras. Squad video captured portions of the incident.
The BCA says when its investigation is complete, it will provide its findings without recommendation to the Mower County Attorney’s Office for review.