Police ID 2 killed in high-speed chase
MINNEAPOLIS — The two people killed after a 20-mile hit-and-run police pursuit Friday morning on U.S. Highway 212 were identified Saturday afternoon by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Dawn Marie Pfister, 34, and Matthew Vincent Serbus, 36, died of multiple gunshot wounds, the medical examiner’s office said. They were killed 300 feet west of Dell Road on eastbound Hwy. 212 in Eden Prairie.
Four officers are on leave — a State Patrol trooper, two Chaska police officers and a Carver County sheriff’s deputy — which is standard when a law enforcement officer fires his or her weapon. Their names have not been released.
The medical examiner’s office did not indicate where Pfister and Serbus were from.The incident began with a report of a hit-and-run accident in Carver County near Hwy. 212 and County Road 43 in Chaska about 7:30 a.m. Friday. There were subsequent reports of a red Saab driving erratically on the highway near County Road 51.Officers found the Saab traveling east on U.S. 212 and a chase began, reaching speeds of up to 90 mph, police reported.For a portion of the chase, the Saab’s hood was popped open and leaning against the windshield.Traffic camera footage shows the Saab driving down the highway with multiple law enforcement vehicles in pursuit. The suspect vehicle hit spike strips and nearly struck a squad car, but continued on.The chase ended just before 8 a.m., when the Saab veered to the right shoulder and struck a retaining wall near Dell Road in Eden Prairie.The driver and the passenger got out of the car, according to police.Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske offered few additional details during at a news conference Friday at Eden Prairie City Hall.Citing an ongoing investigation, Roeske said the relationship between Pfister and Serbus was unknown. He said he could not confirm whether it was a hostage scenario, despite an audio recording of police radio traffic saying it was.Roeske said he couldn’t say whether Pfister or Serbus had a weapon.The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the incident. Bruce Gordon, the BCA’s director of communications, said Saturday that no further details would be released at this time.
Joseph Lindberg and Elizabeth Mohr contributed to this report.