The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on Friday identified the six Rochester police officers present when a man died during an encounter with them.
Albert T. Dashow, 39, of Rochester, died March 27 during an altercation with authorities outside a Cub Foods store. The Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet determined the cause of Dashow’s death.
The incident began around 9 p.m., when police pulled Dashow over for erratic driving, authorites say. Dashow attempted to drive his pickup truck away, but was ultimately stopped.
A physical struggle then ensued, said Police Chief Jim Franklin. No firearms, Tasers or other weapons were used during the encounter.
When Dashow collapsed, officers immediately began lifesaving efforts and called for an ambulance, the chief said.
Six officers were present: Sgt. John Mitchell, an 11-year veteran; officers Wade Blazejak and Jason Weseley, six-year veterans; officer Collin Winters, who has served three years in Rochester, and officers David Dezell and Matthew Loken, who have been with the department two years.
Each remains on standard administrative leave.
All of the officers were wearing body cameras that day. The footage has been turned over to the BCA. The agency will report its findings to the Olmsted County Attorney’s Office.