A man shot and wounded by police officers after allegedly charging at them with a knife during a Blaine home invasion was charged Friday with felony assault, attempted aggravated robbery and burglary.
Lamar Allen Sullivan-Armstrong, 29, of Minneapolis, remained hospitalized Friday at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. He is expected to survive.
Also Friday, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension identified the Coon Rapids police officers who shot Sullivan-Armstrong. Adam Jacobson is a nine-year veteran of the department, while Hans Link is a two-year veteran. They responded because all Blaine officers on duty at the time were busy.
The criminal complaint lays out the defendant's alleged actions that morning, first involving a newspaper carrier, then two residents of a nearby home and finally the police officers. But it offers no motive for the crimes. According to the complaint, the suspect cut himself with knives he took from drawers and waved around during the home invasion.
According to the complaint:
A newspaper carrier was driving down 92nd Avenue NE. around 3:45 a.m. when a man ran down a driveway and crashed into the side of her car, breaking the driver's-side window. He tried to pull the carrier out of the window. The carrier, who later identified her attacker as Sullivan-Armstrong, started honking her horn.
A man who lived in a nearby home, already up to let his dog out, came out to investigate the noise. The resident spoke with Sullivan-Armstrong, who said he needed to call police.
Suspicious of the request, the resident went inside to confer with his girlfriend, when Sullivan-Armstrong kicked in the front door.
The male resident and the suspect then struggled in the kitchen. Sullivan-Armstrong grabbed several kitchen knives during the struggle, brandishing them as well as cutting himself, the charges say. The resident later told police he tried to calm Sullivan-Armstrong as his girlfriend called police from a locked bedroom.
The police officers arrived and were met outside by the male resident, the complaint says. When the officers reached the doorway and confronted the intruder, he ran at the officers with a knife. The officers ordered the suspect to drop the knife. When he did not, one officer fired his Taser and the other fired his service weapon, striking Sullivan-Armstrong, according to the BCA.
Charges include two counts of first-degree assault of a police officer using deadly force, two counts of first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and attempted first-degree robbery.