Stearns County Deputy Justified in Use of Deadly Force

Created: 01/28/2013 1:09 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

A Stearns County deputy won’t faces criminal charges for using deadly force against a man last October. The Stearns County Attorney’s Office found that Deputy Chad Meemken’s use of deadly force against 28-year-old Marcus Michael Barshaw was justified.

Barshaw is accused of killing a man and leading police on a manhunt. He has been indicted for first degree premeditated murder and second degree intentional murder, and the grand jury also indicted him on both first and second degree assault.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to reports of a man with a gun on the 300 block of Broadway Street East in Rockville around 4:01 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012.

While deputies were headed to the scene, authorities learned the suspect had shot a man and left the area. The shooting victim, identified as Jeffrey Schutz, 30, died just behind his home after his wife tried to give him CPR, authorities said.

Deputies later found the suspect, Barshaw, near an apartment building.

"Officers made verbal commands for him to drop the weapon," Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner told reporters shortly after noon. "He did not. He starts to point the weapon in the direction of the officers and at that time at least one officer shoots and strikes him.”

Deputy Meemken was the one who shot and injured Barshaw. The attorney’s office says Meemken’s use of deadly force was justified to protect himself and other officers and to keep Barshaw from escaping.

If convicted of the Murder in the First Degree charge, Barshaw would serve a life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole.