Authorities released Wednesday the identities of two Eden Prairie police officers who last week shot a suspect in the killing of a man in his Prior Lake home.
Officers Brandon Carlston and Bryan Dean were uninjured during what authorities have said was an exchange of gunfire on Nov. 23 near the Londonderry Road exit on Hwy. 169 in Edina. Derrick Z. Smith, 28, of Minneapolis, remained hospitalized Wednesday for his wounds. Authorities have not disclosed his condition.
Carlston has been employed by the Eden Prairie Police Department since 2008, and Dean since 2011. Both are temporarily assigned to administrative positions. The Star Tribune has submitted requests with the city for the officers’ personnel files.
Smith is one of four people charged with counts ranging from robbery to murder in the late-night death of 42-year-old James Herron.
The suspects went into Herron’s bedroom and shot him in the arm and leg, according to witnesses. They marched Herron into the living room and demanded money. When he didn’t respond, one of the suspects shot Herron in the head and three fled in a car. The fourth, Jonte Glenn Robinson, 26, of Brooklyn Park, was arrested at the scene, the complaint said.
Police from several agencies joined the chase that ended when the three suspects abandoned the car on a Hwy. 169 ramp and attempted to jump a fence as they ran away. Two of the suspects, identified as Tyrel Lamar Patterson, 27, and Brandy Lee Jaques, 39, both of Minneapolis, were arrested by a K-9 officer while Smith made it to a nearby strip mall before exchanging gunfire with police, according to charges.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting in Edina at the request of Eden Prairie police.