The couple shot to death last week in Eden Prairie following a high-speed chase involving a stolen car were gunned down because they wouldn't put down a knife, authorities say.
THE BACKSTORY: Man and woman fatally shot following police chase on Hwy 212
After the heisted red Saab crashed on Highway 212 near Dell Road in Eden Prairie, Matthew Serbus, 36, emerged from the vehicle with a knife, the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says. Despite "repeated commands from officers to drop the weapon," he refused to put it down and was shot. His alleged partner in crime, 34-year-old Dawn Pfister, then picked up the knife. She was also shot.
Asked to provide further details, Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Jill Oliveira told us she couldn't because the investigation "is still active and ongoing."
Serbus has an extensive criminal record, including convictions for disorderly conduct, check forgery, theft, drugs, and assault, among others. Pfister doesn't appear to have a criminal record in Minnesota, but at the time of their deaths, both were wanted in Rochester in connection with an attempted car theft last month.
The four officers involved in the the fatal shooting have also been identified. They are:
-- Sergeant Brady Juell, a 17-year veteran of the Chaska Police Department.
-- Officer Trent Wurtz, a 14-year veteran of the Chaska Police Department.
-- Trooper Mark Lund, a 14-year veteran of the Minnesota State Patrol.
-- Corporal Nathan Mueller, a 9-year veteran of the Carver County Sheriff's Department.
All four were placed on standard administrative leave while the investigation into the incident is ongoing.