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By Robert Gearty
July 14, 2018
Archer Amorosi, 16, was killed in Chanhassan, Minn., Friday after his mother called deputies to report his son was suicidal and threatening her. (Twitter)
A 16-year-old Minnesota boy was shot and killed after his mother called 911 to say that he had threatened her with knives and a baseball bat and was suicidal, according to reports.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating after the shooting Friday in Chanhassan, Fox 9 Minneapolis reported. The station identified the boy as Archer Amorosi after interviewing classmates.
Before he was shot, Carver County deputies tried to subdue him with a stun gun, the station reported.
The station interviewed a neighbor who said he heard the deputies yell, “stop, stop, get down, get down,” followed by a dozen gunshots.
“Male party has knives and a baseball bat,” the 911 dispatcher told deputies handling the radio call, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. “Mother is stating that he wants the officers to shoot him.”
Investigators work the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Chanhassen, Minn., on Friday that left a 16-year-old boy dead. (Renee Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via AP)
The dispatcher identified the male as Amorosi, according to the paper. His mother, who called 911, said he had locked her in the garage.
“I was there yesterday. Dad said that he’s got some mental health issues,” an officer responded on the audio, according to the paper. “Has this idea that he wants to go out like Bonnie and Clyde.”
The paper said the two deputies involved in the shooting were on standard administrative leave.
Amorosi was a popular student at Minnetonka High School, where he played lacrosse and football, Fox 9 reported.
His teammates posted a tweet in which they remembered him as a “high energy, funny, and loving kid who will always be remembered by this team and community,” according to the station.
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911 call: Chanhassen teen killed by deputies was in rage day earlier after car taken away — (Star Tribune)
JULY 16, 2018 — 5:25AM
Archer Amorosi, 16, died of multiple gunshots fired by Carver County sheriff’s deputies late Friday morning, the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office said Sunday.
It was the first confirmation from authorities that Amorosi was the person who died outside the house in the 6400 block of Oriole Avenue after a woman there called 911, saying she feared her son was suicidal.
Amorosi was a lacrosse and football player who was set to begin his junior year at Minnetonka High School.
The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), which is investigating the shooting, said Amorosi was brandishing weapons at deputies and others.
The woman who called 911 also said her son was threatening her with knives and a baseball bat, according to the BCA.
When deputies arrived they first used a Taser before two of them fired their weapons. Amorosi was pronounced dead at the scene. Body cameras and dash camera video from one of the five responding agencies may have recorded portions of the incident, according to the BCA.
Both officers involved in the shooting are on standard administrative leave, and the BCA will turn its findings over to the Carver County Attorney’s Office for review. The officers have not been identified.
Police records indicated that the teen’s father had called 911 a day earlier to report that his son had become enraged after losing his car privileges. The man also told the dispatcher that his son had not taken his medication for depression.
In a letter from Minnetonka High School to students and parents, Principal Jeff Erickson said Amorosi was talented in football and lacrosse, and in the classroom.
“This situation is heartbreaking, and I want to extend my thoughts and prayers to Archer’s parents and family, his friends, and the entire Minnetonka High School community,” Erickson wrote. “I know this situation is particularly devastating to those of you who knew Archer well.”
The principal also said that counselors and other staff will be on hand Monday at the school for anyone needing assistance.
Erickson’s Twitter account now displays a photo of Amorosi with his lacrosse teammates celebrating after their third-place finish in the state tournament four weeks before the shooting. The team’s Twitter account posted a photo of a memorial to Amorosi that includes his jerseys, lacrosse equipment and two illuminated candles.