Richard Crittenden, a nine-year veteran of the North St. Paul Police Department, and a Maplewood police officer were responding to a domestic call when they ended up in a struggle with a 35-year-old male suspect, said North St. Paul Police Chief Tom Lauth.
could not yet say exactly what happened.
said the Maplewood officer discharged her
gun, but he
did not say whether the suspect had a weapon.
Investigators were interviewing witnesses and others who were in the area at the time, he
"The scene was quite chaotic and it's going to take some time to sort it out," Lauth
described him as having a criminal record and said officers had responded to the address at least twice in the past, including on Sunday.
"We won't be able to answer why such an upstanding law enforcement officer lost his
life today," Lauth
said at a news conference Monday afternoon.
As an older officer, Lauth said Crittenden was a fatherly figure to younger officers and had a great sense of humor, putting people at ease.
The loss here goes way beyond words," said Lauth