Map Kong, 38

Burnsville, Minnesota
March 21, 2016

Agencies: Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension BCA | Burnsville Police Department Minnesota

Cause of death: Shooting


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Overview

Five officers responded to a report of a suspicious person in a McDonald's parking lot, authorities said. Police said they found Kong, who refused to engage with police as they ordered him to surrender.  Police officers broke open the windows of his car and tased him.  Kong managed to get out of the car and ran away from the officers, who shot him in the back, claiming he was a threat to rush-hour traffic.

Legal Action

A later toxicology report showed that Kong was high on methamphetamines at the time.  A video was released after a grand jury cleared the officers.

June 2016 Killing justified

In October 2016, The family of Kong announced that they were suing the city of Burnsville.

Community and Family Efforts

September 2016 MN State Fair protest

In June 2019, family and friends of Kong and other victims of police-involved deaths held a protest outside of the Minnesota Governor's Mansion.