10/4/2012 8:59:00 AM BCA concludes North Branch fatal shooting investigation
by DENISE MARTIN
The MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has concluded its review of the officer-involved fatal shooting in North Branch July 8 and the report has been sent to the Chisago County Attorney. It will be up to County Attorney Janet Reiter whether there’s sufficient evidence to charge any law enforcement personnel involved in the incident. Reiter told the Chisago County Press early this week more time is required before a conclusive determination can be made on the state report. A BCA spokesperson stated that the agency makes no comment. Its role is to develop the scenario of what happened through interviews with all involved and provide forensic analysis when there is an incident such as this. North Branch Police and sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to an address on Feaski Circle July 8, about 9:30 p.m. on information that an armed man had threatened people inside the home. The man, Robert Aho, 46, was reportedly holding a rifle and shotgun and making threatening gestures towards responding officers when he was shot. He died at Regions Medical Center after being struck twice by shots reportedly from nine-year veteran Deputy Gregory Husmann. Two additional sheriff’s personnel and a North Branch Police Dept. officer had been placed on a standard administrative leave as the state pursued the investigation. They are back at work.