Katherine Gordon, California resident, identified as woman in fatal I-394 police shooting

The details of the incident are still under wraps.
The details of the incident are still under wraps.

Katherine Gordon, a 58-year-old woman from California who'd recently moved to Minnesota, has been identified as the woman shot and killed by a Golden Valley Police officer after she was pulled over on I-394.

Gordon's identity was released by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, which announced Gordon's identity on Friday, and said she'd died after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds. She was killed around 1:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon, after an officer pulled her over near Hopkins Crossroad.

Golden Valley Police Department issued a statement that day stating that the driver had been "in possession of a handgun" at the time of the shooting, but since then the department, and the Hennepin County Sherriff's Office, which is investigating the event, have gone mum with new details.

Gordon's roommate, Charmane Schodde, gave an interview to WCCO in which she described Gordon as someone who "would never hurt anybody."

Gordon left Altadena, California, just north of Los Angeles, only a few months ago, and moved to Minneapolis to live with Schodde.

Charmaine Schodde saysher roommate Katherine Gordon was "very harmless."
Charmaine Schodde saysher roommate Katherine Gordon was "very harmless."

Schodde told WCCO that Gordon was "very harmless," and said she can't imagine what led up to Gordon's shooting. Schodde said she couldn't believe that Gordon actually pointed the gun at an officer, or used the fact that she had a gun to threaten the cop.

"But if she did get out with a gun," Schodde told WCCO, "my thought would be that she was just intending to show an officer that she had a gun with her in her possession. There's just no way that Katherine would have been threatening an officer."

City Pages called the Hennepin County Sherrif's Office with numerous queries, including the nature of the stop and whether Gordon had wielded the gun in her possession, but as of yet no questions are being answered. The investigation into the incident could take weeks, according to spokeswoman Lisa Kiava, at which point the results would be turned over to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, Kiava said.

The officer involved in Thursday's shooting is on the standard administrative leave that follows officer involved shootings, and the officer's identity has not been made public.


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