Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Sunday, Oct. 21, at about 4 a.m., the Stearns County Sheriff's Office received the report of a man with a gun at 301 Broadwat Street East in Rockville. While deputies were in route to the call, further information came in that the man with the gun had shot another man and fled the area on foot. Officers arrived on scene and found the shooting victim near the intersection of Elm Street and 4th Street East. Rockville Fire and Rescue and Gold Ambulance also responded to the scene. The victim was treated at the scene, but died as a result of the gunshot wounds. Officers in the area continued to gather information on the suspect and the Stearns County SERT team along with K-9s from Sauk Rapids and the Benton County Sheriff's Office also responded to assist in the search. A search of the last known area and direction of travel was conducted for the suspect. During this time, deputies received information that the suspect was observed in the laundry room at 311 Elm Street, which is a four-unit apartment building.
The SERT team and other assisting officers surrounded the building and were in the process of making entry into the building. At this time, the suspect started to exit the rear of the apartment building while armed. Verbal commands were given and the suspect was wounded by gunfire. The suspect was treated on scene by Rockville Fire and Rescue and taken to the St. Cloud Hospital by Gold Cross Ambulance where he was lited in critical condition. He was then transferred to HCMC in Minneapolis. The Sheriff's Office requested assistance from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). Investigators and Crimes Scene members responded to assist and process both crime scenes. The Cold Spring Police Department, the MN State Patrol, and the MN DNR also assisted at the scene. The shooting victim has been identified as Jeffrey Schutz of Rockville. The shooting suspect has been identified as Marcus Barshaw of Walker, Minn. The deputy involved in the shooting is a 6 and 1/2-year member of the Stearns County Sheriff's Office, and is also a member of the SERT team. He has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard in these situations.
Update: 10/23/12 - The Stearns County Deputy Sheriff responsible for confronting and shooting homicide suspect Marcus Barshaw Sunday morning 10/21/12, in the City of Rockville is identified as Chad Meemken, a 6-1/2-year Sheriff's Office veteran and member of the Benton/Stearns SERT (Special Emergency Response Team). Standard operating procedures require that Deputy Meemken be placed on paid administrative leave allowing the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension the sufficient time necessary to gather pertinent information related to an officer-involved shooting. The paid leave will involve a total of four days. Following scheduled days ioff, Deputy Meemken will return to active duty without restriction on 10/30/12.