ST. PAUL (Jan. 7, 2015) — The Ramsey County Grand Jury on Wednesday returned a no bill decision in the shooting death of Yee Vang by St. Paul police on August 3, 2014. The Grand Jury determined that probable cause did not exist to charge either officer with a crime.
The Grand Jury determined that the officers’ use of deadly force was authorized per the definition outlined in MN Statute 609.066 which states that “”deadly force means force which the actor uses with the purpose of causing, or which the actor should reasonably know creates a substantial risk of causing, death or great bodily harm.”
Notwithstanding the provisions of section 609.06 or 609.065, the use of deadly force by a peace officer in the line of duty is justified only when necessary to protect the peace officer or another from apparent death or great bodily harm; to effect the arrest or capture, or prevent the escape, of a person whom the peace officer knows or has reasonable grounds to believe has committed or attempted to commit a felony involving the use or threatened use of deadly force; or to effect the arrest or capture, or prevent the escape, of a person whom the officer knows or has reasonable grounds to believe has committed or attempted to commit a felony if the officer reasonably believes that the person will cause death or great bodily harm if the person’s apprehension is delayed.
The Grand Jury consists of 23 persons who are randomly selected from residents to serve a six-month term. The panel meets on an as-needed basis when cases arise. To return an indictment, at least 12 members must agree. Pursuant to Minnesota law, proceedings of the Grand Jury are always secret and therefore not available to the public.