VIDEO: Police Criticized For Shooting Man Charging At Them With A Knife

Travis Jordan charged towards Minneapolis Police Officers Neal Walsh and Ryan Keyes with a knife.

Minneapolis, MN – The Hennepin county attorney has announced that two Minneapolis police officers who fatally shot a knife-wielding suspect as he charged towards them in November will not face any criminal charges (video below).

Officers Neal Walsh and Ryan Keyes have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting death of 36-year-old Travis Jordan, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said on Thursday, according to the Star Tribune.

“Officers Walsh and Keyes’ use of deadly force was objectively reasonable in the face of the danger of death or great bodily harm and no criminal charges could or should be made,” Freeman said.

Freeman expressed his condolences to the family of 36-year-old Travis Jordan, but noted that the evidence – including bodycam footage of the altercation – showed that Jordan “presented a real danger to the officers.”

“They were justified in using deadly force,” he said.

The incident began at approximately 2 p.m. on Nov. 9, 2018, when Jordan’s girlfriend called police to report he threatened to kill himself during a phone conversation she had with him 15 minutes prior.

Officer Keyes and Officer Walsh responded to Jordan’s home, but no one answered when they knocked at the door, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCI) said in a report, according to the Star Tribune.

Officer Keyes walked towards the back of the home, and was able to spot Jordan standing in the kitchen.

He shined his flashlight at Jordan, who responded with an obscene gesture, according to police.

Jordan’s girlfriend later said that she was on the phone with him at the time, and that he told her he “was going to go down today,” WCCO reported.

The officers tried to communicate with him, but Jordan began hurling expletives at them from inside the home, according to the Star Tribune.

Officer Keyes radioed that Jordan’s speech seemed to be slurred.

Bodycam footage showed the officers as they stood outside Jordan’s home and tried to convince him to come outside.

“Let’s do this! Hurry the f--k up,” Jordan told them, as he gripped a 13-and-one-half inch knife in his hand. “Come on!”

Officer Keyes could see Jordan through a window, and alerted Officer Walsh that he was armed with the blade.

The officers drew their weapons as the suicidal man continued to yell, “Let’s do this!” the video showed.

“Drop the knife, dude,” both officers calmly ordered several times.

“F--k you!” Jordan yelled, just before he threw the front door open.

The officers begged him to drop the knife, but Jordan refused.

“Come on! Let’s do this!” he repeatedly screamed at the officers.

“I do not want to do this,” Officer Walsh said at one point. “Put it down.”

“F--king do it!” Jordan yelled from his porch.

“Nope,” Officer Walsh responded.

Despite their repeated requests, Jordan retained his hold on the weapon and stormed out of the home towards them.

The officers took several steps backwards as the knife-wielding man continued his advance.

As Jordan came within mere feet of Officer Walsh, Officer Keyes fired one round, which struck a nearby tree, WCCO reported.

Officer Walsh then fired eight rounds at Jordan, hitting him three times.

Jordan collapsed to the ground, the video showed.

“I’m sorry,” he told the officers as they handcuffed him and administered first aid.

Jordan was rushed to North Memorial Health Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the Star Tribune reported.

Police later found a note inside the residence, which Jordan had written to the homeowner.

“Paul, I’m so sorry this happened at your house,” the note read.

Jordan’s family blasted the officers for shooting Jordan instead of using Tasers or other less-lethal measures.

“Its obvious systemic change needs to happen in regards to police training,” his cousin, Malia Nzara told the Star Tribune. “He needed help. That’s why we called 911. They shot him and now he’s dead.”

Some members of the city council agreed, and called for changes in how police respond to people in the midst of mental health crisis.

They said the Minneapolis Police Department also needs to expand its mental health co-responder program, which sends counselors with officers to help handle encounters like the one they had with Jordan.

“You have to wonder, was there something else they could have done?” National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota Executive Director Sue Abderholden told WCCO.

“You would hope that a mental health professional could engage someone voluntarily and really talk them down and not have them be suicidal. We know he was suicidal, so are there some other ways to engage someone so that they are not wanting to die,” Abderholden added.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said that more needs to be done to assist those experiencing mental illness, but noted that society has been expecting the police to handle crises that fall far outside their traditional duties.

“It is clear that we as a society are consistently falling short for those with mental health illnesses,” Frey said, according to KSTP. “And it is clear we are asking law enforcement officers to accept responsibilities that go beyond patrolling a beat… to respect the dignity of the officers who responded to the call, we appreciate the difficulty inherent in the work they do in service to city of Minneapolis.”

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said that neither of the officers wanted the situation to turn out the way it did, and praised them for doing the best they could under dangerous and dire circumstances.

"I want to first extend my condolences to Mr. Travis Jordan's family and friends," Chief Arradondo said in a statement, according to KSTP. "I also want to acknowledge the impact that this occurrence has had on our two involved officers and their families.”

“These two officers who took an oath to serve their community would never have wanted this outcome to be a part of their duties on that day,” he continued. “During their interaction they displayed professionalism in their communications and actions with Mr. Jordan, including immediately rendering first aid to him.”

The chief noted that the situation is “devastating” for everyone involved, including the officers.

"As Chief of the Minneapolis Police Department, I recognize that our men and women are being called upon to respond to many issues within our city that have been a part of our society for generations,” Chief Arradondo added.

“Last year alone, Minneapolis police officers responded to several thousand 911 calls involving community members experiencing a mental health crisis,” he said. “Trauma is real and prevalent on many of the calls MPD officers respond to in the course of their shift.”

You can watch bodycam footage of the officers' encounter with Jordan in the video below:

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Cmor269
Cmor269

When they are suicidal and really want to die suicide by cop, there is nothing you can do or say to stop them. There are not enough mental health places or treatment centers anywhere anymore where someone can go for help, or their families can get them help. Every place has closed down, even hospitals no longer have floors or sections of the hospital that can deal with people who have serious mental health issues. Cops get called because families can’t deal with it and they want you to baby them and talk to them. It DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY, IT IS WAY PASSED POLICE INTERVENTION AT THIS POINT. A taser would not have done anything and the cop would have already been dead because he was allowed to get too close with the knife, the Officers had no choice. They will forever live with the memory of what happened.

Jmace27
Jmace27

It is scientifically proven that a suspect with a knife will reach you and you won't have a chance to pull out your weapon. I am glad these officers were prepared.

NealZ
NealZ

well one thing is for certain. He won't do that again. Good shootn popo.

Pat1978
Pat1978

Mental health co-responder would have been nothing more than a human shield in this situation. No way to magically 'engage' this guy. C'mon. These armchair quarterback civilians are clueless.

Patmandy
Patmandy

I lived not far from there in the year when they closed all the mental health facilities down and started putting people in halfway houses that were understaffed., Many of the patients would just walk away and go where they wanted. When they where in the facilities there staffing of Nurses and nursing assistants. They were monitored more closely and got the proper medication.This was tragic for this man and the police officers.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I truly wish they would invent a weapon that worked every time but did not kill the person it was being used against, especially on a person experiencing a mental health crisis. The taser is not the answer. If you read enough articles on it's usage you would see that it is ineffective more than it works. The officers used the appropriate amount of force and no counselling at that moment would have worked. The man wanted to die and he used the police to do it.

GForce48
GForce48

I would not be surprised if the same people calling for more to be done and the system's failure to provide additional services to those in mental crisis are the same people supporting an open border/sanctuary (criminal) city policies that siphons billions of dollars away from American citizens!

gfc1963
gfc1963

Good job by the cops. What do people want the cops to do? Give them hugs and kisses??

Nolan T
Nolan T

A problem with having a counselor there to talk down the situation is that you put somebody else who is not trained in danger. The more people you add to a conflict the more likely someone will get hurt. Whether that be the Police Officer or the Suspect.

AZBIGDOG
AZBIGDOG

Too bad the officers were put in this position. For all those who think they know what the officers went through and are going through, if you never have then you need to shut up. So, how to stop suicides,? Do what a lot of states have done, don't make it illegal and make it legal to assist the suicide. And stop sending officers to the scenes except to investigate the death or homicides that happen. Send your snowflakes and others that think handling a want to be killed or want to commit suicide can be stopped with hugs and speeches about worthiness.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Classic suicide by cop. The police did exactly what they are trained to do.

Woobie46
Woobie46

Even the "bad guy" apologized to the police...wouldn't you think that his fing family would take a hint?

Secesh1861
Secesh1861

Oorah for the good guys

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

How about his family own up to what he did. And then, maybe bring up the question if there was anything else that could have been done. As far as taking jabs about why he wasn’t tazed and less lethal measures, we as police do not have the luxury of sitting down, laying everything out and then choosing the best option, it’s split second decisions that the courts and peanut gallery take months and sometimes years to dissect and find any wrong doing to get money from the city or government. Yes mental health issues are in the rise, training will not happen overnight or over a year, it will take years to improve. But I will say this, sometimes it leads back to upbringing, and family life from early ages, and if not treated, it goes on to be worse without help. I am sorry this happened to the guy, but at the same time, you can’t blame the police. Especially after they were cleared from wrong doing. Trust me, we don’t start our day looking to shoot someone, we’d rather have a smooth uneventful shift. So before criticizing police, take a look from outside the box first by looking from outside in. Police did not make this guy that way, he decided to do it on his own.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

First, we need to make stun guns, like they have on Star Trek, so that the person will drop the weapon and cease to be a threat. Then we need to make portable force field generators that the officers can carry so that the person being stunned can be gently lowered to the ground. And we need to hire some Vulcans or empaths to mind-meld with the mentally disturbed, so that they will become normal citizens again. Problem solved for both mentally disturbed and for disarming bad guys.

Propolice
Propolice

God Bless our Police Officers! Thank You for your service❤️

observer1
observer1

Knives are scary things and a crazy man can "slice and dice" you in a heartbeat. If he's charging you, even if he's shot his forward momentum can propel him forward enough to stab you. I once saw a man sliced deeply across his face and it wasn't pretty. Because the head gets priority blood flow a head wound bleeds a lot. Always try to back way up when facing a man with one and maintain lots of distance.

retiredcop
retiredcop

I think cities should develop civilian mental health corps to respond to these calls for service and let them handle it. Problem solved.

Kevcali
Kevcali

Why don't they take out a kneecap? Or the hand holding the weapon? They go to the shooting range all the time, why are so many shots fired and so few hit the target? They knew dude was going for suicide by cop, why could they not have de-escalated? I know it's just as hard on the officers to kill someone, so why isn't in their training not to kill?

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Cruzer
Cruzer

Someone's been watching too many TJ Hooker reruns!!