Albert Lea police officers cleared of wrongdoing in shooting death of man in January

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (FOX 47) —  Two Albert Lea police officers have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting death of a man back on January 3.

Officer Jesus Cantu and Lt. Darin Palmer were called to Court Street in Albert Lea and encountered Joseph Roberts carrying a large knife.

BCA agents gathering evidence at shooting scene in Albert Lea on January 3, 2019

The Olmsted County Attorney’s office reviewed what happened next and concluded that the officers’ decision to use deadly force was correct and necessary in the situation they faced.

Officer Cantu fired his gun at Roberts when the man came at him swinging the knife.  When that didn’t stop Roberts, and he continued to advance on Cantu, Lt. Palmer then fired his own weapon and Roberts fell to the ground.

The review by the office of Olmsted County Attorney Mark Ostrem concluded that squad car video supported the officers’ accounts of what had happened.

Ostrem’s office handled the review at the request of Freeborn County Attorney David Walker to avoid the appearance of any conflicts of interest.

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom joined the KTTC-TV staff as News Director in February, 2008. He's a native Minnesotan, having grown up on a farm near Litchfield, and also spending a lot of time on Lake Vermilion near Tower-Soudan, where his grandfather Gust Saari worked in the Soudan Underground Mine. After studying journalism at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Noel worked as a reporter, anchor, producer and Executive Producer at television stations in Duluth, Little Rock, Buffalo, Louisville and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Noel was the News Director at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo for seven of his 18 years at the CBS affiliate before returning to Minnesota. He and his wife Cindy have two grown children and make their home in Rochester. Email Noel at

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