EAGAN, Minn. — The family of Isak Abdirahman Aden on Monday, July 8, asked state investigators to release more information about an officer-involved shooting last week in Eagan that left him dead.
Aden, 23, of Columbia Heights, died of multiple gunshot wounds during a July 2 standoff with police outside a business. Aden was a domestic assault suspect armed with a gun, Eagan police said.
“He didn’t deserve to die the way that he did,” his sister, Sumaya Aden, 21, said at a news conference held at the South Minneapolis offices of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “I refuse to be silent and will never rest until his justice is served.”
CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein said there are “so many questions” related to the incident that are not being answered by law enforcement. He called upon the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is leading the investigation, to release “all information” regarding the shooting, including police reports, 911 audio tapes and video footage from squad cars and body-worn cameras.
“We’re seeking that information today so that we can come to a conclusion based on the full facts that are still missing from this case,” Hussein said.
Last week, Eagan Police Chief Roger New said little about the alleged domestic assault that led to police being called to the area. He said officers negotiated with Aden for more than four hours before several officers fired shots at him.
New said it was too early to say what prompted the officers to shoot and which agencies they are with. Numerous suburban metro police agencies had responded.
A gun that Aden had was found at the scene, New said.
Aden’s brother, Badrudin Aden, 20, said Monday he was at the scene of the standoff “when my brother was executed by law enforcement officers.”
BCA investigation continues
In a statement Monday, the BCA said its investigators continue to conduct initial interviews with incident participants and witnesses.
The BCA said it would not discuss an active investigation or release investigative data, including video evidence, while the case is open. “Most investigative data, including video evidence, will be made public once the case is closed,” the statement read.
The BCA said it has met with and will continue to meet with Aden’s family and they “will be provided the opportunity to view the video evidence prior to its release.”
The agency said names of the officers who fired their guns will be released once “all who took part in or witnessed the incident have made themselves available to be interviewed by BCA agents.”
‘He had goals and dreams’
Aden was taking IT classes at the University of Minnesota and had a full-time job at a bank, his family said.
Besides petty misdemeanor convictions for traffic and vehicle violations, Aden did not have a criminal record, court records show.
He was a 2014 graduate of Learning for Leadership, a Northeast Minneapolis charter school where he excelled in art, athletics and “most importantly our school community,” said Jason Stockwell, who was an adviser and teacher of the now-closed school.
“My brother’s work ethic was unquestionable,” his sister said. “He had high hopes for not only himself, but for us as well. He had goals and dreams just like any of us.”