A Golden Valley police officer was cleared by a Hennepin County grand jury on Thursday of the fatal shooting of a woman on Interstate 394 last fall in Minnetonka.
In September, officer Robert Zarrett stopped Katherine Gordon, 58, of Altadena, Calif., on westbound Interstate 394, just west of Hwy. 169, near the Minnetonka-Golden Valley border, after he observed her driving at speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour.
When Gordon pulled over after a chase, she quickly got out of the vehicle and pointed a handgun at Zarrett, according to Golden Valley police. Zarrett then shot Gordon, fatally wounding her.
Following the shooting, Zarrett was put on temporary administrative leave.
"This was a tragic event for Zarrett, Gordon and her family, and the community as a whole," Golden Valley Police Chief Stacy Carlson said in a statement issued on Thursday
Carlson added, "Officer Zarrett is a highly trained officer who responded appropriately according to state law and years of tactical and firearms training."
Zarrett has been with the Golden Valley police since 1998. He was the subject of a lawsuit stemming from a 2005 incident in which he fired a stun gun at a woman as she sat in the passenger seat of a vehicle. The woman later sued the department, and the case was settled for $250,000.