Man killed by Hastings police shot multiple times, no reason given yet for why shots fired
Keagan Lee Johnson-Lloyd, the man killed by Hastings police this week, died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Hennepin County medical examiner's office.
Johnson-Lloyd, 23, grew up in Rochester and had been living at a Hastings sober-living home, Spirit Recovery Center, for about six weeks. He had battled mental health issues and drug addiction for many years, according to his family.
Johnson-Lloyd was killed at 6:20 p.m. Monday during an encounter with two Hastings police officers, the state Bureau of Criminal of Apprehension said. The officer who fired a the weapon was Officer Geoff Latsch, the agency said late Thursday, Oct. 4.
The BCA, which is leading the investigation, has not yet said what exact danger Johnson-Lloyd posed to the officers. However, in the late Thursday night report, the BCA said its crime scene personnel recovered a box cutter blade at the scene of the shooting.
The agency also said body cameras worn by the officers captured the incident.
According to the BCA's statement issued Tuesday, Johnson-Lloyd had stabbed another resident of the sober-living home about 3:40 p.m. Monday. When Hastings police officers arrived, they found a victim with multiple lacerations, the agency said. Johnson-Lloyd had fled.
About 2 hours later, officers responded to a 911 call from someone who saw him walking down a street.
He was shot in the street, in front of Resurrection United Methodist Church of Hastings, according to neighborhood residents. It appeared he was shot in the head, one resident said.
When the BCA investigation is complete, it will be turned over the Dakota County Attorney's Office for review.
Pam Schmitt, who founded the nonprofit Spirit Recovery Center in 2011 and is its executive director, said Thursday that she met Johnson-Lloyd when he moved into the home six weeks ago and that she spoke with him again Sept. 22 at a picnic she hosted for community members who are in recovery.
"He was a great guy. He came with all the other sober house guys," she said. "It's open to anybody in the area that wants to come and have fun and be in recovery. I think he even played kickball."
Schmitt said her focus now is on her residents.
"This has been a devastating few days, and my top priority is making sure they feel safe and supported," she said.
She said Johnson-Lloyd was living in the home with four other men. As part of recovery, residents are required to attend at least three support meetings each week.
"Keagan's mom told me that Keagan liked living there, that he felt like he was living in a house, not in an institution," Schmitt said. "And he really bonded with my house manager."
Schmitt said she did not want to get into details of the stabbing of a resident, other than to say that it followed a "minor altercation."
A memorial service for Johnson-Lloyd will be held Monday in Rochester. According to his obituary, Johnson-Lloyd was an avid reader who enjoyed sci-fi and most recently various memoirs and "wanted to write his own book on helping others through addiction and depression."
He also enjoyed the outdoors, camping, hiking and fishing.
"Keagan was a free spirit, a great friend to everyone, and never hesitated to give what he had to others," the obituary says. "He was an old soul, beyond his years, articulate, charismatic and full of energy. He loved his family and always took time to pay attention to the little things in life. Keagan will be remembered for his wonderful smile and dimples."
Survivors include his mother, Tanya Johnson, and father, Allen Lloyd; a sister; and two brothers.