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Continued: Man killed by Minnetonka police had empty revolver he wouldn’t put down

  • Article by: KELLY SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 2, 2014 - 9:59 PM

Officers and paramedics tried to revive Tray, but he died at the scene. According to the medical examiner, he had a blood-alcohol concentration of .25 — more than three times the legal limit for driving in Minnesota.

Among the items investigators found in his car were three empty beer bottles in the front and two boxes of ammunition, according to the documents. Investigators also noted that the revolver, a Colt .44 Anaconda magnum, had an empty cylinder.

Difficult for police, family

Tray’s family has said the gun was an heirloom from his father, who died a year ago. Tray’s mother told investigators he had no history of mental health issues or substance abuse.

On Wednesday, his stepfather, Jim Greer, declined to comment on the investigation, but said the family is struggling with Michael’s death.

“It’s kind of hard to go by the cemetery and see your wife sitting outside by a grave because she misses him so bad,” he said, choking up. “The whole thing’s been really, really hard.”

Raquet said the shooting was also hard on police.

“It impacted everyone in the department; it’s nothing we’ve ever dealt with,” he said. “For [the officers involved], they’re OK, but it’s something that will always be with them.

“I think everybody involved wishes it never happened.”

 

Kelly Smith • 612-673-4141

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