Body Cam Footage Shows Domino’s Pizza Robber Attacking Police Officer With Axe

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At 11 p.m. on July 29, a man with an axe robbed a Domino’s Pizza in Rochester and fled in a van. At 12:45 a.m. on July 30, the man was shot during his attempt to attack the first responder that arrived on the scene.

Officer Bottcher, a police officer in Minnesota, responded to this report of an axe crime at a Domino’s Pizza in Rochester.

The police officer observed a van matching the description of the suspects in the robbery and pulled over to follow the van. He did not activate his lights or sirens during his pursuit.

The van drove onto the shoulder of the road, swerved back onto Hwy 63 southbound, veered onto Hwy 52 southbound, and then made a U turn. This left him going the wrong way on the Hwy 52 southbound ramp.

The driver jumped out and began swinging an axe at Officer Bottcher.

The driver was ordered to drop the axe and get back into the vehicle, but instead he continued to advance toward Bottcher. He was swinging the axe and yelling at Bottcher, telling the officer to kill him.

Bottcher then fired one shot at Joshua C. Hippler- the axe-wielding robber. He fired five additional shots at Hippler, who fell to the ground and held on to the axe. He died at the Mayo Clinic ER.

Bottcher obtained statements from witnesses and finished his investigation at the scene.

The Mower County Attorney’s Office reviewed a Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigation. During their review, found no evidence to support any criminal charges against the police officer that responded to the robbery report.

In a later statement, Rochester Police Chief Jim Franklin shares his deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Hippler, who was killed by a police officer.

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