Man killed by police officer was shot in head

Published 9:54 am Monday, July 27, 2015

PLYMOUTH — Authorities say the man who was shot and killed by a Plymouth police officer inside a fast-food restaurant was shot in the head.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office has identified the man who was killed as 31-year-old Derek Ray Wolfsteller of Plymouth.

Authorities said Wolfsteller was shot and killed at an Arby’s restaurant in the Minneapolis suburb Thursday night when he tried to take the officer’s gun from its holster.

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The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Plymouth Officer Amy Therkelsen was called to the restaurant about a disturbance. Authorities said Therkelsen shot Wolfsteller after he tried to get her gun. He died at the scene.

Therkelsen and another officer who witnessed the shooting are on administrative leave. The Arby’s has since reopened.