Jury finds man shot by police guilty

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A jury convicted a Minneapolis man of being a felon in possession of a gun in an incident where he was shot and wounded by police, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday.

Colin Peter Reinsmoen, 36, was found guilty by a Hennepin County jury Monday morning after about four hours of deliberation. His sentencing is April 19 and he is expected to receive 60 months in prison.

According to the criminal complaint, and testimony in the week-long trial, Edina police were called to an Edina home on Aug. 8 by Reinsmoen’s parents, who said their son had threatened them.

Upon arrival, police found Reinsmoen with his hands covered by a blanket. He initially refused to show the officers his hands and then threw the blanket aside and pointed what appeared to be a handgun directly at one of the officers. Two officers shot at Reinsmoen multiple times, seriously wounding him. A black semi-automatic BB gun was recovered.

Reinsmoen’s defense was that the gun did not qualify as a firearm. The jury found otherwise and because he already had convictions for simple robbery and fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, he was prohibited from possessing a firearm. The jury acquitted Reinsmoen of second-degree assault.