A new dashcam video has surfaced showing an Eden Praire, Minn officer shooting an unarmed driver in the back with no cause. When asked about the mistake, Sergeant Lonnie Soppeland said it was due to stress and “muscle memory from a recent training exercise.
Video published last week by KMSP shows Eden Prairie Police Sergeant Lonnie Soppeland engaged in pursuit of Matthew Hovland-Knase’s motorcycle at speeds that topped 110 miles per hour on June 20, 2015.
After pulling over Hovland-Knase, Soppeland can be heard yelling for the suspect to “get your hands where I can see them.”
Almost immediately, the sound of a gunshot is heard.
At the suggestion of the detectives, Soppeland agreed that a training exercise 20 days earlier was partially responsible for the incident.
“Yes, I feel the muscle memory from that recent training of squeezing the trigger contributed to the unintentional discharge during a high stress situation,” he said.