STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — A grand jury in Minnesota has indicted a sheriff’s deputy on a manslaughter charge in a man’s fatal shooting last year.

Washington County Deputy Brian Krook was indicted Friday on a charge of second-degree manslaughter in the April 2018 shooting death of 23-year-old Benjamin Evans of Lake Elmo, Minnesota.

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

District Judge Doug Meslow told the Star Tribune on Monday that the charge alleges that Krook’s “culpable negligence” created an unreasonable risk.

Krook remains free ahead of his first court appearance. He did not immediately respond to messages left at his home Monday.
Krook becomes the third Minnesota law officer charged in an on-duty killing in recent years.

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