No charges will be filed in a police shooting that occurred in the parking lot of a gas station in December killing 28-year-old Kokou Fiafonou of Austin:

Olmsted county attorney Mark Ostrem provided a declination letter to the Minnesota BCA and the Mower county attorney’s office that stated that after a thorough review of the events, reports, and recordings related to the fatal shooting of Fiafonu, his office concluded that the evidence does not support criminal charges against any of the officers involved, including officers Zachary Gast of the Austin Police Department, who fired the fatal shots during the incident. Under Minnesota statute, Ostrem stated that police officers in Minnesota are justified in using deadly force in the line of duty when it is necessary to protect the officer or another person from apparent death or great bodily harm.