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Andy Mannix

Minneapolis crime and policing reporter | Minneapolis crime and policing
Phone: 612-673-4036

Andy Mannix covers Minneapolis crime and policing for the Star Tribune. 


Since joining the paper in 2016, Mannix has worked on beats reporting on Minnesota's courts and law enforcement at state, local, and federal levels, Minneapolis City Hall and issues related to criminal justice policy and prisons. In 2020, he was part of the team of reporters that covered the killing of George Floyd and aftermath, leading to the Star Tribune winning the George Polk Award and Pulitzer Prize. Mannix also teaches at the University of Minnesota journalism school, of which he's an alumnus. He holds a master's degree from University of California-Berkeley, where he focused on data-driven journalism. Prior to joining the Star Tribune, Mannix wrote about a variety of topics, such as crime, recreational marijuana and politics, for publications including The Seattle Times, MinnPost, City Pages and The Minnesota Daily. He lives in Minneapolis.
Recent content from Andy Mannix
Joe Friedberg, shown in 2009.

Joe Friedberg, 'godfather' of Minnesota defense lawyers, dies at 87

Friedberg built a legend on his wit, encyclopedic knowledge of the law and a client list of NFL players, politicians, drug lords and swindlers. He died Monday after battling colon cancer for eight months.
Minneapolis police at 35th Street and Hiawatha Avenue S., near where a man was shot and killed after he was waving a gun, Police Chief Brian O'Hara sa

Armed man fatally shot by Minneapolis police ID'd by medical examiner

Three officers who shot the suspect have also been identified and placed on leave.
Gov. Tim Walz signed the law May 24 and it went into effect the following day.

Minnesota Gov. Walz signs law banning 'excited delirium' for police

The law follows similar legislation in New York and Colorado for a diagnosis rejected by national medical associations as pseudoscience.
Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty dismissed murder and manslaughter charges against State Trooper Ryan Londregan in Minneapolis on Monday.

Walz planned to remove Moriarty from state trooper murder prosecution

Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty said rumors over pulling her from the case didn't factor into her decision to drop murder charges.
Minnesota state trooper Ryan Londregan is greeted by supporters as he arrives with his wife, Grace, and his legal team April 29 at the Hennepin County

Moriarty drops murder charges against state trooper in 2023 shooting of Ricky Cobb II

Moriarty said the decision comes in response to comments made by Ryan Londregan's defense attorneys that the 28-year-old trooper feared for his partner's life, prompting her team to re-review the evidence.
Minneapolis police officer Nicole MacKenzie brings flowers down to a memorial for fallen officer Jamal Mitchell on Friday outside the Fifth Precinct.

Mpls. shooting death adds to rising attacks on law enforcement

As the city mourns officer Jamal Mitchell, police leaders in Minnesota say his shooting is the symptom of a larger threat.
A coaching memo filed as an exhibit in a lawsuit by the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information.

Despite years of denial, Mpls. police used secretive process for serious misconduct

City officials have repeatedly claimed they only use coaching for the lowest-level policy violations. New court documents show that's not true.

Discrepancies in how coaching is used

Explanations by city officials on coaching differ from how it was actually used in some cases.

Minneapolis to pay $50K to man shoved to the ground while filming police

Another $115K was approved to settle a claim that a police canine squad caused a car accident and sent the driver to the hospital.
Minnesota State Trooper Ryan Londregan is greeted by supporters as he arrives with his wife, Grace, and his legal team, Monday, April 29, 2024, at the

Trooper pleads not guilty on murder, manslaughter charges; trial set for September

The trial for Ryan Londregan is slated to begin Sept. 9 and last about three weeks, including jury selection.
A still image from body camera footage shows Pepsi Heinl aiming a handgun at St. Paul police officers moments after their arrival. They returned fire,

Body camera footage shows woman pointing gun at St. Paul officers before they return fire

Pepsi Lee Heinl, 41, died of gunshot wounds after a "suicide in progress" call.
In a committee hearing last month, bill author Rep. Jessica Hanson, DFL- Burnsville, described excited delirium as a diagnosis "rooted in anti-Black r

Minnesota lawmakers look to ban 'excited delirium' training for police

The mention of the term during the George Floyd murder case and other high-profile police encounters has accelerated the debate over its legitimacy.
Charlie Jones-Burge's son was fatally shot at a Minneapolis convenience store on Oct. 8, 2020 — her birthday. She was on the phone with him when she

Amid unsolved Minneapolis homicides, families await justice

A deadly three-year period at the height of the pandemic has left Minneapolis with the most open homicide cases in at least three decades.
Michael McGee, the former chief medical examiner in Ramsey County, conducted Gabriela Romo’s autopsy and testified in the trial that led to the conv

Minnesota Innocence Project seeks records in murder case that hinged on embattled medical examiner's testimony

The Great Northern Innocence Project cites "rising concerns" over testimony in other cases involving former Ramsey County Medical Examiner Michael McGee.
The Minneapolis City skyline including City Hall seen from the back of the U.S. District Court. ] GLEN STUBBE • glen.stubbe@startribune.com Mon

Lawsuit questions Minneapolis' oversight of spending on violence prevention

The suit says the city used an illegal process to arbitrarily award millions of dollars.
Minnesota state trooper Ryan Londregan is greeted by supporters as he arrives with his wife, Grace, and his legal team Monday, April 29, 2024, at the

Supporters, detractors briefly face off as trooper makes court appearance

Ryan Londregan is charged in the shooting death of Ricky Cobb II during a traffic stop last summer.
Law enforcement vehicles line the streets near Mayview Road and North St. in Minnetonka on Wednesday.

'Officer down': Two deputies injured, 28-year-old man dead after firefight in Minnetonka

The man who died was identified by his father, and officials say the deputies' injuries are not life-threatening.
One of the letter's authors, Sue Abderholden of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota, answers questions from legislators during a hear

Mental health advocates: Virtual hearings may harm Minnesota's civil commitment process

Several groups, including a state ombudsman, are asking the courts to create an "opt-in" option for remote hearings, rather than making it the default in an often confusing process.
University of Minnesota Police Chief Matt Clark, shown in 2015.

University of Minnesota police will now handle calls near campus, as MPD staffing declines

Starting this week, UMPD will respond to all 911 calls in a near-campus area of Dinkytown.
Dr. Michael McGee posed for a picture in 2011.

A wrongful conviction casts doubt on former Ramsey County medical examiner's methods. It's not the first time.

A new lawsuit adds to questions of whether Dr. Michael McGee used sound science to investigate deaths in Minnesota over a career spanning four decades.
Trooper Ryan Londregan, center in maroon tie, stood hand-in-hand with his wife surrounded by security, his lawyers and dozens of supporters, including

Defense attorney: Prosecutors ignored expert in state trooper murder case

Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty's Office refuted the allegations, saying attorneys for trooper Ryan Londregan "cherry picked" quotes in a motion filed Monday.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, center, flanked by city and police officials, watches at a Wednesday news conference a video advertisement the city rele

In effort to rebrand policing, Minneapolis unveils 'Imagine Yourself' recruitment campaign

The city is paying marketing firm Accenture $950,000 for the campaign, part of a $7 million grant from the American Rescue Plan.
No one was reported killed or injured in the homeless encampment fire Thursday in Minneapolis at 28th Street and 12th Avenue S.

Large fire destroys south Minneapolis homeless encampment

An investigation into the cause of the fire was underway. Propane tanks could be seen around the camp's remains, and the fire chief said the site's flammability made for a "very dangerous situation."
Members of the Minneapolis Police Department forensics unit worked around the scene of a multi-person shooting Tuesday near the intersection of E. Fra

Four people shot in Minneapolis Tuesday afternoon; 1 dead, 1 critical

A mass shooting took place at a nearby market last August.
Minneapolis police chief Brian O'Hara speaks to a crowd during a law enforcement community dialogue Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at New Salem Baptist Church

3 juveniles held in Sunday robbery sprees on opposite sides of Minneapolis

Police believe two groups were working in tandem and may be connected to a string of similar crimes earlier this month.
Jacob Swartout, a Sergeant with Savage Police, bumped his fist against the bumper of a fallen officer’s squad car Tuesday outside the Burnsville Pol

In Minnesota, attacks against police are on the rise, especially in domestic assault calls

Reported assaults against police in Minnesota are up 160% from 10 years ago, driven in part by dangerous domestic disturbance calls like the one that ended with two officers and a medic shot to death in Burnsville this week.
Bobbie Alhaqq, the mother of 19-year-old murder victim Corey Elder, paused to wipe a tear as she reads a victims impact statement to the court on Apri

More than 100 apply for early releases under Minnesota's new aiding murder statute

The new law is meant to differentiate punishments between major and lesser participants in a killing. One mother says two women involved in her son's killing shouldn't have qualified.
Judge Kerry Meyer said she has been in quarantine since Monday. DAVID JOLES • david.joles@startribune.com Five of six people involved in a robbery h

Two women involved in 2017 murder released early under revised Minnesota law

Briana Martinson and Megan Cater admitted to putting the robbery-turned-murder into motion, but neither pulled the trigger that killed the man, making them eligible for resentencing.
Trooper Ryan Londregan, center in maroon tie, stood with his wife surrounded by security, his lawyers and supporters, including many officers, as his

Why state trooper's trial in fatal shooting won't be like the others

State trooper Ryan Londregan will be tried under a revised use-of-deadly-force statute by a prosecutor who is facing a backlash from Minnesota's law enforcement community.
Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty speaks about the case during a news conference on Wednesday Jan. 24.

Moriarty seeks to temporarily restrict public access to court filings in trooper deadly force case

The defense says it will oppose the motion, which asks to restrict court filings from public view for two business days.
Baky Mikaele laid flowers on her son Jin Taylor’s grave at a primarily Hmong cemetery in Chisago City on Dec. 16, 2023. Jin, Mikaele’s only child,

As guns claim more kids' lives in Minnesota, one mother searches for answers

Baky Mikaele's 14-year-old son is among nearly 100 juveniles killed by firearms in recent years — a surge not seen for decades.
Police tape was crumpled on the ground on 29th Street near S. Colfax Avenue in Minneapolis.

In Minneapolis, police staffing levels continued to drop in 2023. So did crime.

Criminologists say police staffing is only one factor in a vast and complicated universe of what drives crime trends in the U.S.

Shooting at northeast Minneapolis Quarry shopping center leaves one dead

Police say they arrested a 20-year-old man who stayed on scene.
Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty speaks while being flanked by attorney Siara Melius and Brooklyn Park Police Chief Mark Bruley, left to right,

Hennepin County Attorney to require police to disclose more of officers' misconduct history

Mary Moriarty sent a letter to police chiefs in Hennepin County on announcing a new "Brady" policy.
Minneapolis Police Chief Brian O’Hara, left, Community Safety Commissioner Toddrick Barnette and Michael Simon, chief strategy officer for Zencity,

New city-funded ads ask residents: How are Minneapolis police doing?

The city will pay $500,000 over the next three years to Zencity Technologies to implement the "community perception survey," which will appear in targeted ads.

Police: Women say they were drugged at Dinkytown bar

One told police they began feeling ill after someone gave them a drink at Blarney Pub & Grill.

Minneapolis drive-by homicide victim ID'd as 20-year-old

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has identified the victim as Ty'Shawn Maurice Lyons of Rochester.

Man shot to death in north Minneapolis apartment complex ID'd

Donald Edmondson, 60, died of a gunshot wound to the chest.
A recovered 2012 Hyundai Elantra in Berkeley, Calif. .

As police struggle to rein in car theft, Hennepin County Attorney's Office tries new path

Hennepin County is on track to end the year with case clearance for auto thefts at 2.7%, far below the 2022 national average of 9%.
Minneapolis man alleges excessive force, unlawful arrest in lawsuit against two police officers

Minneapolis man alleges excessive force, unlawful arrest in lawsuit against two police officers

Police body-camera video shows one of the officers shove Minneapolis man Said Abdullahi to the street. The officers claimed he 'lost his footing.'

Two men gunned down in Minneapolis this week ID'd

Teegan James Charles Wenzel, 21, of Byron, and Laterryon O'mar Moore, 22, of Minneapolis, were both homicide victims, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office.
Automatic sliding doors close the entrance to the Warren E. Burger Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, where Wilfred was sentenced Thursday.

Coon Rapids man sent to prison for bilking seniors out of millions in romance scam

Solomon E. Wilfred participated on a sophisticated scam to target lonely seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic and drain their bank accounts.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, left, and Minneapolis Police Chief Brian O'Hara announced an agreement over funding police retention and recruitment inc

Minneapolis, police union reach tentative agreement on bonuses to rebuild ranks

The agreement, which needs City Council approval, would pay $18,000 to eligible police officers in three installments over the next two and a half years, as well as $15,000 incentives bonuses for new hires.
The Minneapolis City skyline, including City Hall, as seen from the back of the U.S. District Court.

Lawsuit: Minneapolis' violence prevention office used illegal process to award millions in grant money

The civil suit asks a judge to suspend programs funded by the Neighborhood Safety Office "before more public funds are improperly spent."

Medical examiner IDs man found shot to death in driver's seat of car in Minneapolis

Jaden Malik Anand Hollman, 21, died from a gunshot wound of the head, according to the medical examiner.

Victim of fatal shooting in Minneapolis last weekend identified; no arrests made

The medical examiner says 49-year-old Omar Lamont Brown died from a shot to the abdomen Saturday.
From left, Lt. Anna Hedberg, vice president of the Police Officers’ Federation of Minneapolis; Sgt. Sherral Schmidt, president of the federation; an

Mpls. negotiators reject police union's proposal for one-year contract as not 'fiscally responsible'

The federation agreed to some changes, but asked to start paying retention bonuses to officers sooner.
The Minnesota Correctional Facility in Lino Lakes.

Corrections Department identifies victim of suspected homicide in Lino Lakes prison

Steve Paul Patchen, 63, was found unresponsive on Oct. 5. Authorities have placed a suspect into segregation pending an investigation.
Winston Boogie Smith

Winston Smith filmed his final moments, but BCA never found the footage

Sources say the new evidence has been discovered more than two years after the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension closed the case on the fatal shooting by a U.S. Marshals Service task force.
Isadore “Kid Cann” Blumenfeld’s 1933 mugshot, taken after he was arrested in connection with the kidnapping of an Oklahoma oil baron. Cann was a

How did Kid Cann become Minneapolis' most infamous gangster?

Isadore "Kid Cann" Blumenfeld rode Prohibition to wealth and influence in the city.
Minneapolis gained a foothold this summer in its fight to bring down violent crime.

After three violent years, crime is dropping in Minneapolis

Violent crime — murder, aggravated assault, rape and robbery — is down 12% overall from last year to its lowest point of the 2020s so far, the data show. Only a record-breaking surge in auto thefts bucks the pattern.
Jeffrey Thomas, who lives nearby recounts witnessing the mass shooting the night before outside Minneapolis Market on Monday, Aug. 21. Eight people we

Police press search for 'multiple suspects' connected to weekend mass shooting in Mpls.

Eight people, including six teenagers, were injured in the shooting.
Ehsan Karam glanced at victim Holly Appell as he was fingerprinted after he was sentenced to two years in jail at the Orange County Courthouse on Thur

Twin Cities man accused of using sexual fetish as pretext for abuse pleads guilty in Fla. case

Ehsan Karam, whose story was featured in a Star Tribune investigation, has faced accusations of assault from several other women in the world of bondage, dominance, submission and sadomasochism.
“We are outraged whenever our children are victimized by senseless violence,” Minneapolis Police Chief Brian O’Hara said Wednesday.

Police: Shooting that wounded two children in Minneapolis was not random

"This shooting does not appear to be random," police said. They do not consider the wounds to be life-threatening.
Ramsey County Sheriff’s Investigator Kyle Williams, with the department’s Carjacking and Auto Thefts (CAT) unit, looked for evidence after assisti

As St. Paul reins in car thefts, Minneapolis faces record surge

About 4,700 vehicles were reported stolen across Minneapolis so far this year, averaging 24 a day — a 70% increase from this time last year.

DNA from disposable cup leads to charges in 1984 Minneapolis murder

Matthew Russell Brown, 66, is charged with murder and burglary for the slaying.

Authorities identify Canadian scuba diver found dead in St. Louis County

Justin James Cyril Swan's diving partner pulled him out of the water, but lifesaving efforts were not successful, according to authorities.
Minneapolis Police Chief Brian O’Hara spoke at a news conference Monday at Minneapolis City Hall.

MPD chief: I 'could have been clearer' in comments about officer's stun-gun incident

Minneapolis Police Chief Brian O'Hara responded to emails showing he knew about the officer's past assault accusations before hiring him.

Charges: Minneapolis man shot and killed rival after seeing him with ex-girlfriend on July 4

Ryan Deshawn Taylor, 41, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder.
Chief O'Hara taking the oath of office last November.

Minneapolis police chief says he never saw video of new hire's use of force

Chief O'Hara taking the oath of office last November.

Emails show MPD knew about stun gun incident before hiring officer

The emails show officer Tyler Timberlake informed the city seven months before Chief Brian O'Hara said he had just learned about it.
National Guardsman who shot live ammo at driver during 2020 Minneapolis unrest is cleared of wrongdoing

National Guardsman who shot live ammo at driver during 2020 Minneapolis unrest is cleared of wrongdoing

Body-cam footage and investigative reports documenting the chaotic incident were recently made public.
In North Minneapolis the first day of police training academy is being set in motion with the latest crop of cadets, 27. Minneapolis Sgt. Each cadet g

Mpls. police 'separate' with officer accused of assaulting unarmed man in previous job

Tyler Timberlake no longer works for the Minneapolis Police Department as of Wednesday.
Police sergeants and lieutenants in Minneapolis are currently in the same bargaining unit as patrol officers. Mayor Jacob Frey has said this makes sup

Minneapolis can't break up police union, state board rules

The city didn't meet the criteria to sever sergeants and lieutenants from the Police Officers Federation, the ruling said.
Seen in 2021, Andre Moore, right, said he suffers PTSD from treatment at the hands of cops who targeted him with trumped-up felony drug charges. He’

Minneapolis poised to pay $275K to man who said police beat him, lied about informant

Felony drug charges against Andre Moore were dismissed after his public defenders unraveled what a judge called "a reckless disregard for the truth" on the part of the officer.
The five killed were: Sabiriin Ali, 17, at left; Sahra Gesaade, 20, and Salma Abdikadir, 20, upper right; and Sagal Hersi, 19, and Siham Adam, 19, low

Derrick Thompson appears in court on charges of killing 5 people in reckless crash

Thompson made his first court appearance Friday at the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility in downtown Minneapolis.
What happens after a police consent decree? Other cities provide lessons for Minneapolis

What happens after a police consent decree? Other cities provide lessons for Minneapolis

Consent decrees address systemic problems in police departments, but success isn't guaranteed.
Attorney General Merrick Garland is expected to be at the news conference Friday, along with Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.

Justice Dept. to present results of investigation into Mpls. police Friday

The city has long been bracing for the results of the investigation, prompted by the murder of George Floyd in 2020.
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Minneapolis police systemically fail in response to domestic violence calls, study finds

The report recommends the Minneapolis Police Department adopt or sharpen policies to close response gaps that put victims in greater danger.
Tracy Dettling, holding a photo of her late daughter Heather Mayer, stands in the remains of a garden Mayer planted for her years ago at home in Nerst

After her daughter died in a chain used for sexual roleplay, a mother set out to find justice

Police found Heather Mayer dead in her boyfriend's basement. The circumstances of her death remain a mystery. But as her mother began digging for the truth, more women came forward with allegations of assault in the Twin Cities bondage community.
Law enforcement at a scene on the 3700 block of N Dupont Ave Thursday, April 27, 2023, in Minneapolis, Minn. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ • carlos.gonzalez@sta

Year after Biden's order on body cameras, majority of federal agents in Minnesota aren't wearing them

The Justice Department says they are phasing in cameras. Critics say it's already been too long.

Lorraine Palmer Rybak Mesken dies at 95; she had 'true grit' in face of adversity

The longtime Minneapolis resident, small-business owner, college counselor for Breck School and mother of former Mayor R.T. Rybak was known for her relentless optimism.

Minneapolis police respond to fights at DFL convention

Video shows supporters of Minneapolis City Council candidate Nasri Warsame shout and rush the stage, ending the convention without a candidate endorsement.

Man dead after high-speed crash in north Minneapolis

Minneapolis police say the man appears to have crashed into a tree while driving at high speed.

Driver veers into oncoming traffic on Hwy. 52, fatally crashes into dump truck

A portion of the highway near Vermillion Township was closed Saturday.