Family of woman shot by police on Hwy. 212 exploring possibility of lawsuit

  • Updated: February 15, 2014 - 4:36 PM
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The scene of a high speed car chase that ended in shots fired in Chanhassen, Minn., on Thursday, February 7, 2014.] (RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER reneejones@startribune.com) ORG XMIT: MIN1402071036390824

The family of a woman shot and killed by police on Hwy. 212 are exploring a wrongful-death lawsuit.

“All we want is the answers and justice taken care of,” said Dawn Pfister’s stepmother, Bridget Johnson of Dallas.

Pfister, 34, and her boyfriend, Matthew Serbus, 36, were shot after leading police on a high-speed chase Feb. 7, crashing in Eden Prairie and emerging with a knife. Investigators said the two refused to put down the knife. After the investigation ends, the case will be forwarded to the Hennepin County attorney to review.

State statutes justify the use of deadly force by law enforcement to protect an officer or someone else from death or great bodily harm, among other reasons.

Serbus’ friends held a vigil Saturday for the couple in Maple Grove.

KELLY SMITH

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