The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) said its crime scene investigators discovered a handgun and two cartridge casings in Ricky Cobb II’s vehicle after he was shot to death by a state trooper during a traffic stop early Monday in Minneapolis.
However, Cobb is never seen holding the gun in body camera videos released Tuesday and the gun was found on the floor behind the center console in the back of Cobb’s vehicle. But he was prohibited from possessing firearms because of prior domestic assault felonies, Crime Watch Minneapolis reported.
NEW: MNBCA has named the Trooper involved in the fatal shooting of Ricky Cobb, II, as Ryan Londregan with about 1.5 years in law enforcement.
While processing Cobb's vehicle, investigators also found a handgun. Cobb is prohibited from possessing firearms due to prior domestic… pic.twitter.com/IBEIaEc54Y
— CrimeWatchMpls (@CrimeWatchMpls) August 3, 2023
The BCA identified the trooper who shot Cobb as Ryan Londregan, who has about a year-and-a-half of law enforcement experience.
Troopers Brett Seide and Garrett Erickson also responded to the incident but did not discharge their firearms. Londregan and Seide both suffered minor injuries during the incident, according to the BCA. Both of them were “knocked down” as Cobb began to flee, the BCA said.
“Ah, I just got f–ing dragged,” Seide says in the body camera video.
Seide pulled Cobb’s vehicle over on I-94 around 1:50 a.m. when he saw Cobb drive past him without his rear lights on. When Seide pulled Cobb over, he learned he was wanted for a felony order for protection violation issued in Ramsey County. Londregan and Erickson pulled up to assist.
All three troopers then approached Cobb’s car, asking him to get out and attempting to physically remove him because he refused to exit. Londregan fired his handgun during this attempt. The body camera videos show Cobb put his hand on the gear shift as the troopers opened the doors to his car.
Video from trooper on passenger side: pic.twitter.com/o7S6NUVd3D
— Alpha News (@AlphaNewsMN) August 1, 2023
The three troopers went back to their vehicles and followed Cobb about a quarter-mile down the highway. When they caught up to him, Cobb’s vehicle was slowing to a stop against the interior divider. The troopers attempted life-saving care, but Cobb died at the scene.
Once the investigation is complete, the BCA will present its findings without a charging recommendation to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office for review.