Officer was being investigated for misconduct prior to death by suicide
Mitchell Jenson, the Rochester police officer who died by suicide in December, had been placed on administrative leave the day before due to allegations of sexual misconduct.
The information was released Thursday morning by the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office following a two-month investigation into Jenson's death and alleged misconduct. Jenson, 49, was found dead on Dec. 2 at Essex Park from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
At a press briefing, Sheriff Kevin Torgerson declined to go into detail about the nature of the allegations, though he did confirm there was evidence to support the accusations were true. He said the investigation did not, however, provide any evidence that the misconduct happened while Jenson was on duty.
According to a statement from the sheriff's office:
The investigation and reports are closed and inactive at this time. The reports do contain sensitive information that need to be declared non-public and will not be available for release. The investigation clearly will not be referred for further for consideration of charges or prosecution of any other suspects. There is no continuing threat to public safety at this time.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the investigation.
The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office expresses its condolences to the family of Officer Jenson and the members of the Rochester Police Department. We are also asking that you respect the right of privacy of Officer Jenson’s family during this continued difficult time.
Jenson was a five-year veteran of the Rochester Police Department and a 24-year veteran of the Marine Corps. He was married with children.
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