Officer in Fong Lee shooting back in court in Julyby Elizabeth Baier, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — The Minneapolis Police officer who was cleared earlier this month in the shooting death of 19-year-old Fong Lee will again face a judge on July 14 after being charged with one count of domestic assault.
Jason Thomas Andersen was arrested on Sunday by Big Lake police and charged with fifth degree domestic violence assault, according to Sherburne County Attorney Kathleen Heaney. He pleaded not guilty at his first court appearance Monday.
On Tuesday, Andersen was placed on paid administrative leave from his job, while the department conducts its own internal investigation, according to Minneapolis Police Spokesman Jesse Garcia.
"It's standard practice to do an internal investigation when there's an off-duty incident involving an officer," Garcia said.
A federal jury found that Andersen did not use excessive force when he shot Lee in 2006 during a foot chase outside a north Minneapolis elementary school.
Lee's family claimed Andersen wasn't justified in his shooting, and alleged the officer planted a gun to cover his mistake. A 12-member jury reached its verdict after about six hours of deliberations over two days.