Washington County Sheriffs Deputy charged with manslaughter

Deputy Brian Krook shot and killed suicidal man in April of 2018

Adam Carter
July 22, 2019 - 5:01 pm

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A Washington County Sheriffs Deputy is charged with manslaughter for the on-duty shooting of a Lake Elmo man last year.

A grand jury has indicted Deputy Brian Krook on 2nd degree manslaughter charges for the fatal shooting of 23-year old Benjamin Evans in April of 2018. 

The Ramsey County Attorney's Office is prosecuting the case, due to the conflict of interest in Washington County.  A spokesman for Ramsey County Attorney John Choi says the office is not commenting on the case.

Evans was killed during a confrontation with deputies who responded to a report of a man with a gun who was making suicidal threats.


Krook is the third Minnesota law enforcement officer in recent history to face criminal charges for an on-duty fatal shooting. 

St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of second-degree manslaughter for the killing of Philando Castile, and Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor was convicted of the second-degree manslaughter and third-degree murder for the killing of Justine Damond.  

Krook remains free ahead of his first court appearance.  

WCCO Radio News has reached out to the Washington County Sheriff's Office in an effort to find out Krook's current standing with the department. 


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