An Anoka County grand jury will review the fatal shooting of a 45-year-old man from Montrose, Minn., who was shot by Columbia Heights and Fridley police officers in November when he brandished a weapon during a domestic disturbance call.
Michael Gerald Ray Kirvelay's family has said that he was killed by police while having a mental health crisis when he showed up at his sister's workplace.
The county attorney's office announced Monday that the case will be submitted to the grand jury for consideration of criminal charges against Columbia Heights Sgt. Erik Johnston and Fridley officer Shawn Murphy. The grand jury is expected to convene and review the case by May.
According to the BCA, shortly after 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 24, two Columbia Heights officers responded to a 911 call of a person with a gun at a cleaning service business. Officers found Kirvelay in a hall inside the main entrance.
"At one point, Mr. Kirvelay produced a weapon and was threatening individuals with it," according to a BCA news release.
The officers called for backup, drawing officers from Columbia Heights and Fridley. "[He] refused officers' repeated calls to show his hands and at one point officers fired," the BCA said.
Kirvelay was pronounced dead at the scene; an autopsy determined that he died of multiple gunshot wounds.
Attorney Patrick R. Burns has said one of Kirvelay's family members hired him to investigate the shooting.