Michael Bottcher

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Service Record

Rochester Minnesota Police Department

Rank Officer
Dates of Service Hired June 2, 2022.[1]
Salary $47,495 (2021)[2]
Last Known Status Administrative Leave

Incident Reports

2022 Death of Joshua Hippler

Bottcher's Body-Worn Camera Video

On July 30, 2022, Bottcher followed Hippler, whose license plates matched those of a suspect in an earlier robbery. Hippler drove erratically, including going the wrong way on the highway. When Bottcher pulled him over, Hippler exited his vehicle with an axe. Hippler ignored orders to drop the axe and continued to advance on Bottcher, who shot him.[3]

Officers provided medical aid to Hippler, who died at the hospital.[3]

The incident was recorded by Bottcher's body-worn camera.[3]

Response Timeline

Bottcher was placed on administrative duty.[3]

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigated.[3]

On October 24, 2022, the Mower County Attorney's Office cleared Bottcher, finding that "deadly force was necessary to protect the officer and/or other persons from death or great bodily harm."[3]

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