Video of a body camera worn by Hastings police officer Geoffrey Latsch shows the moment he fatally shot 23-year-old Keagan Johnson-Lloyd on Oct. 1, 2018. (Courtesy of the Minnesota State Bureau of Apprehension).

the Dakota County Attorney’s Office has announced it has concluded a Hastings police officer was legally justified when he fatally shot a 23-year-old man who was the suspect in a stabbing incident at a group home on Oct. 1.

A release said officer Geoffrey Latsch “subjectively believed that Keagan Johnson-Lloyd posed a deadly threat to himself. Officer Latsch’s subjective belief was objectively reasonable under the circumstances present at the time of this incident.”

Officers responded to the stabbing report around 3:40 p.m. that day. Investigators said they found a victim with multiple stab wounds, but the suspect had fled.

Johnson-Lloyd was identified as the suspect, and officers found him hours later walking on the 1500 block of Walnut Street. That’s where Latsch fatally shot Johnson-Lloyd.

He died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

The release said after officers observed a person matching Johnson-Lloyd’s description on Walnut Street, he began to run toward Latsch with what Latsch believed was a knife in his hand, and was yelling “(unintelligible) shoot me.”

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