A spree of robbery sprees hits Minneapolis
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Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty announced today that her office had filed charges against Minnesota State Trooper Ryan Londregan who shot and killed Ricky Cobb II during an attempt to arrest Cobb in July 2023. Trooper Londregan had served as a trooper for 1.5 years and had received commendations for his work, including the enforcement of impaired driving infractions.
The charging decision came after a 7-month investigation conducted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, lawyers from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office (HCAO), and a private law enforcement use of force expert hired on contract by the HCAO to review the case.
The complaint charges Trooper Londregan with: Count I — 2nd Degree Murder, Without Intent, While Committing a Felony (described as 2nd degree assault by firearm), Count II — 1st Degree Assault, and Count III — 2nd Degree Manslaughter, Culpable Negligence Creating Unreasonable Risk.
A 2nd Degree Murder conviction calls for a presumptive prison sentence of 128-180 months.
The complaint was issued as a Summons, rather than a Warrant or a Complaint and Order of Detention, meaning authorities won’t go through the unnecessary actions of arresting and booking Trooper Londregan in jail prior to his initial court appearance. The HCAO also did not request bail be applied but did request Trooper Londregan be ordered to surrender his passport and firearms and abide by conditions set by the court.
These developments suggest strongly that the HCAO appropriately recognizes Trooper Londregan does not represent a public safety threat, a recognition unfortunately not given to other officers charged for on duty use of force incidents in recent years.
On Monday July 31, 2023, at about 1:50 am, a Minnesota state trooper observed Ricky Cobb driving on I-94 north of Downtown Minneapolis, with his “lights” out. The trooper stopped Cobb near Dowling Ave North and identified Cobb. The scene was a busy urban freeway with traffic passing by at highway speeds. The trooper had to approach and deal with Cobb while standing partially in a lane of traffic.
While running standard checks on Cobb the trooper learned that Cobb was wanted by Ramsey County on a probable cause pickup request related to violation of a domestic no contact order earlier that weekend. This information required the trooper to arrest Cobb.
A probable cause pickup is used frequently during the investigative phase of a case, prior to a formal arrest warrant being issued by a judge. Police have the same authority to arrest someone on a PC Pickup as they do with an arrest warrant, and anyone subject to a PC Pickup has no right to resist arrest or demand to see a warrant, etc. When the police tell someone that they are under arrest, the law demands those people comply with the officers.
At about 2:15 am the initial trooper returned to Cobb’s car and began attempting to get Cobb to cooperate and step out of the car, which Cobb refused to do. By this time two other troopers, one of which was Trooper Londregan, had arrived to provide backup given the felony arrest situation, and the location and time of the stop.
The trooper asked Cobb to turn the car off and surrender the keys, which Cobb refused to do. The trooper again asked Cobb to exit the car at which time the trooper would explain more to Cobb. Cobb continued to refuse, and the trooper told Cobb he was under arrest.
Given Cobb’s refusal to cooperate and exit the car, Trooper Londregan opened the passenger door, and the initial trooper opened the driver door to provide a clear view of the car’s interior for officer safety purposes, and to provide physical access to pull Cobb out if he continued to resist.
As the doors were opened, Cobb put the car in gear, and Trooper Londregan drew his handgun to provide cover as the initial trooper physically tried to pull Cobb out of the driver door. Cobb resisted and drove forward with both troopers partially in the car. Trooper Londregan fired two shots at Cobb who then drove off throwing both troopers onto the roadway.
Cobb drove a short distance before crashing. He subsequently died from the gunshots. A handgun was found on the floorboards immediately behind Cobb. The gun is not visible in any of the body cam video, and it’s unclear at this time if any of the troopers became aware of the gun prior to the shots fired.
The gun offers insight into why Cobb refused to cooperate and attempted to flee — as he was a felon prohibited from possessing firearms, and his arrest with a gun would have led to a significant charge and a likely prison sentence.
The presence of Cobb’s gun also offers continued evidence of the extreme risks our law enforcement officers face when doing their job. There is truly no such thing as a routine traffic stop or routine arrest — especially at 2 am on a busy freeway.
The Minnesota State Patrol released body cam video from Trooper Londregan — view it here.
Cobb’s Criminal History
Records documented in an Alpha News article here, indicate Cobb had multiple felony convictions for domestic assault by strangulation and a previous felony conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Cobb was also connected to the “1-9 Block Dipset Gang,” a reputed violent street gang in north Minneapolis.
In an appellate court document regarding one of Cobb’s cases, the court noted that based on recent police contacts it was clear that Cobb “continued to make poor choices by associating with criminal individuals, drugs, and firearms.”
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