On January 29,2021, Scott M. Jordan, DOB 04-10-1986, died of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head after an encounter with two St. Louis County deputies in the Midway/Saginaw area of St. Louis County, Minnesota, said St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin. During the encounter, two shots were fired by Deputy Jason Kuhnly of the St. Louis County Sheriffls Office. Neither of the shots struck Mr. Jordan.
The incident was investigated by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). Per BCA protocol, the investigative file was submitted to St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin to determine whether the actions of the law enforcement officers at the scene were justified and, therefore, lawful under Minnesota Statute Section 609.066.
An autopsy conducted by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office unequivocally concluded that Scott M. Jordan took his own life with the use of a firearm. “The use of deadly force immediately after Mr. Jordan’s actions were deemed justified and authorized under the law”, said County Attorney Rubin.
From the legal authority referred to above, significant weight is afforded to officers on the scene facing a lifethreatening situation that requires quick-second determinations and decisions in a fast-moving environment.
We must examine the “totality of the circumstances” facing the officer. We cannot rely on information learned after the event. When confronted with the inherent threat of great bodily harm or death to themselves or others, an officer has the right and the duty to use, or to attempt to use, the amount of force reasonably necessary to meet that threat.
This was an act of suicide that followed a pursuit of Mr. Jordan after he had carjacked a vehicle from a woman and her 16-year-old son, at gun point, and then fled into the woods.