Crime report; Suspect identified in connection to car-jacking in St. Paul

Suspect shot on Division, St. Cloud and BCA release media statements. Photo courtesy: SCPD Twitter

Editor’s note: Due to site maintenance, this article was republished on Oct. 7, 2020. This article was originally published on Oct. 3, 2020.

At around 6 p.m. on Sept. 29, the St. Cloud Police Department along with the St. Paul Police Department and the ATF located a male suspect that was wanted in connection with a shooting and car-jacking that had occurred in St. Paul the previous evening.

The suspect was later identified as “Kirby Joseph Michael Hengel, 27 [years old], no permanent address,” in the news release sent out by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on Sept. 30.

The officers located Hengel, along with an adult female, in a vehicle, parked around the 2200 Block of Division Street West, in St Cloud.

Hengel was blocked in by an armored vehicle as officers attempted to take him into custody.

The report states that Hengel exited the vehicle with a firearm and that multiple officers discharged their weapons “at the suspect stopping him from further action.”

Officers, assisted by Mayo Ambulance, attempted lifesaving measures. Hengel is reported to have died on the scene from multiple gunshot wounds.

The female suspect sustained non-life threatening injuries, she was treated at the CentraCare St. Cloud Hospital, and was released the next morning. The report states that the cause of her injuries are unknown.

In the news release sent out on Sept. 30, the BCA announced that they are investigating the officers’ use of deadly force in St. Cloud and has completed their investigation into the discharge of the weapon in St. Paul.

Those findings will be provided to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office for review.

“The St. Paul Police Officer who discharged his weapon during the incident on Algonquin Avenue has been identified as Officer Alec Cruz, who has been with the St. Paul Police Department for four years,” the BCA news release stated. “Officer Cruz is on standard administrative leave. Portions of the incident were captured on body cameras.”

The BCA stated that they will determine whether squad car or body cameras captured the incident and that a gun was found next to Hengel.

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Tim Speier

Tim is a junior at St. Cloud State and is a marketing major. He enjoys ice fishing, hanging out with his wife and dogs, and spending all day barbecuing. "In life, you should strive to be useful rather than being important. Anyone can be important."


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