Police say Elkhorn woman killed after pulling knife

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Nick Crow
Thursday, February 13, 2014

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minnesota —An Elkhorn woman was brandishing a knife when fatally shot by officers in a Minnesota stand-off Friday, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

Dawn Marie Pfister, 34, and her boyfriend Matthew Vincent Serbus, 36, were killed on Highway 212 by multiple gunshot wounds after leading police on a chase during the morning rush hour near Eden Prairie, Minn.

Just after 7:30 a.m. Friday, officers of the Chaska Police Department, Carver County sheriff's deputies and Minnesota State Patrol troopers responded to reports of a vehicle driving erratically and at high speed, according to a release from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

The same vehicle was reported to have fled from a rear-end crash. Responding officers located an eastbound red Saab on Highway 212 and initiated a pursuit that reached speeds of 80 mph, according to the release.

The license plate on the vehicle had been reported stolen from a vehicle in Colorado, according to the release.

The Saab crashed along the wall on Highway 212 near Dell Road in Eden Prairie.

Serbus and Pfister emerged from the vehicle, and Serbus produced a knife, according to the release.

When Serbus ignored repeated commands to drop the weapon, officers shot him. Pfister then took possession of the knife, at which time she was shot, according to the release.

Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension personnel recovered a knife at the scene and are conducting laboratory tests and analysis of the evidence.

Jill Oliveira, spokeswoman for the bureau, said the officers involved are on administrative leave. The officers' agencies will decide how to proceed.

The four officers involved are Sgt. Brady Juell, who has been with the Chaska Police Department for 17 years, officer Trent Wurtz, a 14-year veteran of the Chaska Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Mark Lund, who has been with the Minnesota State Patrol for 14 years and Cpl. Nathan Mueller, a 9-year veteran of the Carver County Sheriff's Department.

“We're still in the process of conducting the investigation,” Oliveira said. “We are waiting on test results and are preparing reports.”

When investigation is complete, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension would present its findings to the Hennepin County Attorney for review.

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