27 Year Old in Recent Withdrawal from Med For Depression Attempts Suicide-By-Cop

Paragraphs 19 & 20 read:  "Since being released from prison, Tokarev had been "suffering with major depression," Good said. She said he had been taking antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication in prison but was unable to find medical assistance upon his release.

"She said he told her, "Olesya, I feel sick. My body feels so sick, and my brain feels like it's hurting."

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He left a note, stole a truck and fled into a hail of bullets

Sister says ex-con brother was suicidal and hoping the police would kill him
By Nick Ferraro
nferraro@pioneerpress.com

Updated: 12/03/2009 11:34:01 PM CST

The sister of the man wounded by police Wednesday night in downtown Hastings said she believes he was trying to commit "suicide by cop."

"I'm going all the way out. Once they pull me over or anything I'm shooting them until I run out of bullets," Roman Tokarev wrote in a note his sister Olesya Good's husband found Wednesday before she alerted police.

Hours later, officers shot Tokarev, 27, after he allegedly pointed a gun at them and tried to ram their squad cars during a chase.

"After thinking about everything and seeing everything that happened, I think he was trying to make the police shoot him to death … kind of commit his own suicide by them shooting him," Good, 29, said.

Tokarev, who emigrated from Estonia with his family in 1996, was hospitalized in critical condition Thursday after surgery to remove a bullet lodged near his heart, his sister said.

"The way it sounds, he was shot six to eight times," she said, adding he was hit twice in the arm and twice in the leg. "His left hand is totally paralyzed."

Tokarev had been living at his sister's home in Elk River and under intensive supervised release ­ reserved for high-risk offenders ­ through the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

He was released from the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater on May 4 after serving time for a 2005 aggravated robbery conviction in Hennepin County.

Good called police after her husband found the note at their house about 1 p.m. and discovered Tokarev had taken the family's pickup truck.

"We asked them to help us find him and save his life," she said.

Within hours, a warrant was issued for Tokarev's arrest, according to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Authorities were told that Tokarev, who also has convictions for assault and vehicle theft, could be armed and had threatened officers in the note, BCA spokesman Andy Skoogman said.

Tokarev was spotted about 8 p.m. in Hastings, and federal, state, city and Dakota County officers tried to stop him by boxing in the stolen pickup with their vehicles near the intersection of Minnesota 55 and U.S. 61, the BCA said.

Tokarev rammed the squad cars and pointed a gun at officers, Skoogman said.

Shots were fired, and Tokarev drove off, leading a chase through several residential blocks. At U.S. 61 and Fourth Street, officers finally stopped the truck. More shots were fired, and Tokarev was struck several times, authorities said.

Investigators found a weapon in the vehicle, Skoogman said.

Good and Skoogman said it's unclear why Tokarev went to Hastings.

The three officers who fired the shots have been placed on paid administrative leave, a standard procedure after a police shooting.

Since being released from prison, Tokarev had been "suffering with major depression," Good said. She said he had been taking antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication in prison but was unable to find medical assistance upon his release.

She said he told her, "Olesya, I feel sick. My body feels so sick, and my brain feels like it's hurting."

In his note, Tokarev wrote that he "lost it" after a weekend visit with his parole officer.

"Apparently when (the parole officer) was over here, some things were said or something that kind of triggered everything," Good said.

Shari Burt, communications director for the Department of Corrections, confirmed that Tokarev was seen by a supervision agent Sunday, but, citing the investigation, would not respond to Good's claim.

Burt said Tokarev was on house arrest but had earned his way off electronic monitoring by obtaining and maintaining employment.

Tokarev apologized in the note to his family "for all I've done" and wrote, "I will not be back. It's my time to go. Please kiss everyone for me. … I will remember you all until eternity."

Good said he ended the note by writing, "I got a gun on me that I purchased and I'm not going back to prison. I love you all. I love you all. I love you all."

Nick Ferraro can be reached at 651-228-2173.