Itasca County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Snyder has been cleared of any wrong doing by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The BCA handled the investigation of the shooting death of Adam Russell Schneider on August 22nd in Cohasset. According to Itasca County Sheriff Vic Williams’ Press Release:
On August 22, 2015 at 2:45 AM Itasca County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 9-1-1 disturbance call in the 400 block of 2nd Street NW in Cohasset, Minnesota. Upon arrival Sheriff’s deputies were confronted and threatened by a man holding a shotgun who was later identified as Adam Russell Schneider. Schneider ignored repeated orders from deputies to put the gun down and then proceeded to point the gun at the deputies. Deputy Steven Snyder then fired his gun, striking Schneider who was transported to Grand Itasca Hospital where he died.
After a thorough and comprehensive external investigation by the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, it was determined that all responding officers involved and citizens in the area faced the threat of great bodily harm as a result of Mr. Schneider’s actions. Due to the facts as reported and confirmed, the use of deadly force was ruled as justified by the Itasca County Attorney’s Office and Deputy Steven Snyder has been cleared of any wrong doing by the BCA who has formally closed the investigation.