Carver Co. deputies will not face charges for killing teen

“Their actions were reasonable considering all the circumstances.”

Edgar Linares
October 11, 2018 - 7:21 pm

Courtesy Carver County Attorney's Office

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Carver County Sheriff’s Corporal Jake Hodge and Deputy Travis Larson will not face charges for the July 13th killing of Archer Amorosi, 16, in Chanhassen.

“It’s a horribly tragic situation. It's heartbreaking no matter how you look at this,” said Mark Metz, Carver County Attorney.

On Thursday, Metz said it was clear from the evidence given to him by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension that when Amorosi charged Corporal Hodge with a BB gun in his left hand and a hatchet in his right hand, both officers were justified in their use of deadly force. Metz therefore declined to charge either officer.

“Their actions were reasonable considering all the circumstances,” said Metz. “I think everybody wishes it didn’t turn out like this and there could’ve been other alternatives.”

Court documents show at 9:46 AM on July 13th, a 911 call came from Kara Amorosi, Archer’s mother. She called from their home at 6451 Oriole Avenue. Kara asked dispatchers to send “multiple police” after her son locked her in their garage. She said he was "being violent and destructive. He's assaulting the house, he took my keys, he won't let me leave. I told him to give my keys back before. He's got a baseball bat, he also has knives.”

She was asked if she thought Archer would hurt the officers and replied, "Yes, I do. He wants them, he wants them to shoot him.”

A report from Deputy Larson said he was the first on scene. As he approached the house, Larson saw Archer standing in a bay window, where he yelled out the following:

"I'm gonna f**kin kill you or I'm gonna kill you, something along the line of, he's gonna shoot me and kill me," said Deputy Larson.

Larson then backed away from the house and took cover. He later tried to access the garage by breaking a window overlooking the garage service door. That’s when Larson saw Archer standing near the kitchen counter and attempted incapacitate him by spraying him with pepper spray. Larson then shot Archer with a Taser, but missed. That’s when Archer had apparently exited the home with a gun and a hatchet. The gun was later determined to be a BB gun.

“For the first time, Deputy Larson could see Archer clearly with nothing blocking his view. Deputy Larson now saw Archer standing in the street holding a gun and a hatchet,” said the report.

Deputies gave repeated commands for Archer to drop the weapons. At one point, Larson yelled out to Archer "I know the gun is a fake!"

Courtesy Carver County

Minutes later, according to the report, Archer ran a “full sprint” towards Deputy Hodge yelling, "I'm gonna kill you." That’s when Deputy Larson and Corporal Hodge fired simultaneously, killing Archer. The shooting lasted two seconds.

“There were four spent rounds from Hodges pistol, it may have been four, it may have been five, or six,” said Metz. “Larson shot his rifle at least six times.”

The day before, Archer’s father, Don Amorosi, called Carver County dispatchers and stated there was an emergency at his ex-wife's home in Chanhassen. He explained that he had just brought his son back from a trip that ended early because Archer had a meltdown.

"Meltdown meaning, uh, he has real big problems with anger issues...I brought him back and told him that he was going to lose his car temporarily until he agreed to go back to the therapist and get back on his medicines,” said Don Amorosi to investigators. “They said that I should tell you that he has mental health issues, and I would like you to come escort him to the hospital.”

Deputies advised Mr. Amorosi there was insufficient legal grounds to place Archer into a "compelled transport for a seventy-two hour mental health evaluation." However, since Archer was a juvenile, Mr. Amorosi was advised that he had the authority to force his son into an evaluation. Don Amorosi said he was not going to force Archer.