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12-26-2007, 9:47 PM
cop. Wow...


After being indicted Thursday for allegedly making terroristic threats during a road-rage incident last summer in Coon Rapids, a Robbinsdale police officer gave his side of what happened in the confrontation that left him with a gunshot wound to the leg.

Landen Beard, 27, was indicted in Anoka County District Court for allegedly threatening the other driver, who was charged Wednesday for his role in the confrontation.

"We were completely surprised" by the felony indictment, defense attorney Bill Michael said after the brief court hearing. "The facts as we know them don't warrant any charge."

Beard, an undercover narcotics officer, was immediately placed on paid leave. He declined to comment. He will plead not guilty and demand a jury trial, Michael said.

An Anoka County grand jury decided to indict both drivers involved in the incident after hearing testimony for two days.

On Wednesday, Martin Treptow, 35, was charged with making terroristic threats, as well as two other felonies: drive-by shooting and reckless discharge of a firearm. Treptow, who has a gun permit, said he shot Beard, without knowing he was an officer, to protect his wife and two children who were in his vehicle the afternoon of June 7.

Michael gave Beard's recollection of the incident:

Beard, in plain clothes, had stopped for lunch at his home in Coon Rapids in an unmarked police car. He was returning to work when he passed Treptow in a line of traffic on Woodcrest Drive heading south toward 99th Avenue.

Beard admitted passing illegally on the shoulder. Treptow got upset and tailgated Beard. The two vehicles traveled side-by side for several blocks and were waiting for a light when Treptow shot Beard with a slug that grazed his arm, his leg and then lodged in the other leg, breaking the femur bone.

When Beard saw Treptow's gun, he pulled his gun in self defense but couldn't return fire because Rebecca Treptow was sitting in the front passenger seat, blocking her husband.

Beard didn't identify himself as an officer until the shooting, Michael said. He said he was aware of no evidence supporting the terroristic threats charge, but admitted later he hadn't read police reports that he had just received in court.

Treptow's attorney, Kurt Glaser, who had reviewed police reports, said the account Michael gave was "inconsistent with independent witness statements." Michael said that eyewitness testimony is often unreliable.

Glaser produced copies of statements police took from several witnesses who were in cars or stores near the road-rage confrontation, and who testified before the grand jury last week.

A 19-year-old Anoka woman said she saw the man later identified as Beard driving next to another vehicle and leaning out his window as he repeatedly swore and threatened to kill the other driver, adding, "I don't care about jail."

Several witnesses said they saw Beard getting out of his car next to Treptow's SUV and then heard a shot and saw Beard fall back into his car.

A 50-year-old Blaine woman waiting in traffic behind Beard's maroon Monte Carlo said Beard was waving something that she couldn't identify in his hand as he began getting out. Then she heard a pop from Treptow's SUV and saw Beard fall back into his car, then to the ground. His car rolled into the back of a nearby pizza restaurant.

Glaser said no witness saw either man holding a gun or saw Beard aiming a gun after he was shot, which contradicts what Beard told police.

Treptow, who was a security business manager, has said he fired after Beard pointed a gun at him and his wife. Treptow drove away from the scene and called police minutes later to report the shooting near Foley Boulevard and Hwy. 10. Treptow was booked and released without bail Wednesday.

Beard also was released without bail Thursday and ordered to be booked at the jail within 24 hours. He is on paid administrative leave until the case is resolved, said Robbinsdale Police Chief Wayne Shellum.

"This is a serious charge," Shellum said.

Beard has had no discipline problems or complaints during his four years on the force, the chief said. He described Beard as a steady and reliable officer with good evaluations who "has done a good job for us."

If Beard, or any officer, is convicted of a felony, he would automatically lose his officer's license from the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training, said executive director Neal Melton.

12-26-2007, 10:21 PM
Chalk it up to holiday lunacy?

The SoCal Gunner
12-26-2007, 10:40 PM
Seems that both had a part in this no?

12-27-2007, 3:08 AM
People are funny. I think if there was a god, he would have created this world to get a good laugh. Like a long winded sitcom. Kinda like Everybody Loves Raymond.

12-27-2007, 4:24 AM
Reading between the lines, I'd say that Treptow (the citizen) got mad because Beard (the LEO) drove past a traffic jam on the shoulder of the road, and decided to follow Beard. I'd also say that Beard didn't try to de-escalate the situation. They're both "guilty", but Treptow was the shooter AND a bigger idiot, for having gotten into the road rage with his wife in the vehicle. Beard is "guilty" of a few traffic violations and poor judgement.

Situations such as this should NEVER happen, but they do! This incident was also a very dangerous one, for it also jeopardized the other motorists.

12-27-2007, 4:34 AM
Chalk it up to holiday lunacy?

Maybe you didn't see this:

...road-rage incident last summer...the afternoon of June 7...

This happened last June, and only now are charges being filed? There was long discussion of this at the time, and it seemed that the whole incident was being swept under the rug by the department then. I don't think we're getting the whole story here, maybe we never will.:confused:

12-27-2007, 5:05 AM
I did miss that this was in June,,,,,,,,,,

I dunno, I hate stories written like this- there is no discernable doofus!!!!!!

12-27-2007, 8:05 AM
I think he should have identified himself as an LEO first off. Maybe showing his badge? I'm sure there might have been a different outcome.

It reminds me of an incident when I was younger. My parents and I were driving to see my family up north. We had and old(well I guess it was new at the time) Volvo. My dad was driving and minding he own business in the slow lane. Next thing I remember he and another driver were yelling at each other. Then all of a sudden something starts hitting our car. The other driver was throwing pennies out his window at us. This went on for a couple minutes, my dad was getting pretty heated up. That's when he reached for his badge and slammed it up against the window. The other driver stopped throwing pennies immediately then proceeded to get over to the fast lane as fast as he could. You could tell he felt like an idiot and it scared the crap at him. Though I'm not sure if that would work these days. It still makes me laugh thinking of how he looked after realizing he was throwing pennies at an LEO.

E Pluribus Unum
12-27-2007, 10:03 AM
I think he should have identified himself as an LEO first off. Maybe showing his badge? I'm sure there might have been a different outcome.

It depends on who you believe...

The shooter claims a gun was pointed at him; eye witnesses state they saw the LEO waving something around but could not tell if it was a gun.

If an irate man points a gun at me for a traffic incident, I'm shooting the Bass Turd regardless if he says hes a cop or not.

12-27-2007, 3:05 PM
This incident did happen a while ago and was discussed in great detail over on Glock Talk. At that time there was no information available as to what started the confrontation. But reading this new info now I have one thing to say. Legally carrying a concealed weapon places a certain moral obligation to try and de-escalate any situation like the one that occured. If some moron wants to pass me on the shoulder, I'm not going to chase him down, cuss or flip him off. Clearly, Mr. Treptow acted irresponsibly and definitely carries as much blame as the cop (who, if I recall correctly, was not only off-duty, but way out of his jurisdiction).

12-27-2007, 11:16 PM
Doesn't matter who did, or said what....it's all about who brandished a firearm first............

however, this is usually why I just let jackasses be jackasses....

12-27-2007, 11:38 PM
Beard, in plain clothes, had stopped for lunch at his home in Coon Rapids in an unmarked police car. He was returning to work when he passed Treptow in a line of traffic on Woodcrest Drive heading south toward 99th Avenue.

(who, if I recall correctly, was not only off-duty, but way out of his jurisdiction).

odesskiy, perhaps I'm incorrect, but based on this statement, it sounds like he was on duty, stopped for lunch at this home (perhaps authorized and known by his dept.?) and was returning to work.

Also, depending on the policy of the dept. and the laws of the state, his jurisdiction could be restricted to his particular city or county or as in Ca., he could have jurisdiction statewide. I had jurisdicition statewide when I was still working.

I'm not addressing the issue of the incident itself and the mistakes made by both parties. I'm also not defending the officer, just dealing with the above statements and trying to provide a little fyi.:)