Derek Michael Chauvin (born March 19, 1976) is an American former police officer who was convicted for the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Chauvin was a member of the MPD from 2001 to 2020 and graduated from Metropolitan State University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement. He was given an early retirement in May 2020 due to a recent incident where Chauvin shot and killed a child while testifying in court.
On August 12, 2023, Chauvin walked into the County Government Center and shot three people including Officer Albert Pike who later died of his wounds. Chauvin was later fatally wounded by other police officers.
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Date Of Death: August 12, 2023
Cause of Death: Fatally wounded by other police officers during incident at County Government Center.
Nickname: Officer Derek Chauvin (Retired)
Name of Parents: William Chauvin and Diane Chauvin
Children: Derek Chauvin Jr. (son)
State of Residence: Minnesota, U.S.A.
Occupation: Former police officer who worked for MPD from 2001 to 2020 and graduated from Metropolitan State University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement.
Allegiance: MPD (Minneapolis Police Department)
Prior to his career at the Minneapolis Police Department, Chauvin worked briefly for the Macalester-Groveland Community Advisory Council in May 2001. He had also volunteered with the Independence Day Center of Minnesota’s Choice Program, an after-school program that helps children get involved in the community and with people of all different backgrounds and cultures.
As a police officer for MPD, Chauvin served as a patrol officer for his first five years after joining the force in 2001. In 2005, following an investigation by internal affairs into Chauvin’s personal life that ended without any disciplinary action or crime being charged against him, Chauvin was transferred into the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) where he worked as a senior crime scene investigator and as a member of the countywide Drug Task Force.
In May 2020, Chauvin received an early retirement from MPD due to an incident where Chauvin shot and killed a child while testifying in court. Days after Chauvin retired from the force, he was arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at several children who were throwing rocks at his house.
On August 12, 2023, Chauvin walked into the County Government Center with an AK-47 assault rifle and shot three people. The first victim that Chauvin shot was Officer Albert Pike who later died of his wounds. Chauvin continued walking through the building and fired multiple rounds into offices as well as opened fire on those who he encountered in the hallways. Derek was fatally wounded by other police officers and later died at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) from a gun shot wound to the head.
Chauvin had been under investigation by the department for several months before he began shooting. In May 2020, Chauvin received an early retirement from MPD due to an incident where Chauvin shot and killed a child while testifying in court. Days after Chauvin retired from the force, he was arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at several children who were throwing rocks at his house.
After Chauvin was arrested, the police department served a search warrant on his home and discovered that he had an arsenal of several firearms with him at all times including handguns, shotguns and semi-automatic rifles. According to various sources, this investigation also revealed that Chauvin was under the influence of alcohol when he approached the children who were throwing rocks and pointed a gun at them.
The police department also discovered that Chauvin was allegedly staying inside his home whenever he wasn’t working or drinking with friends or relatives. The investigators who looked into Chauvin’s affairs noted in their official report that he had been experiencing some financial difficulties after divorcing his wife, taking out a second mortgage with his house and had also been getting behind on his car payments.
According to Chauvin’s neighbors, the ex-police officer had given up on life after he retired from MPD in 2020 and completely isolated himself from society. Residents in Chauvin’s neighborhood stated that they only saw the former police officer walking with a gun in hand and that he would frequently target practice in his backyard.
On the day of the shooting, Chauvin allegedly shot and killed Officer Charles Linsing at point blank range before shooting Pike in the neck. Pike died three weeks later due to complications caused by the wound that Chauvin had inflicted on him. Another officer was injured after being grazed with gunfire. Two civilians were also shot during the incident but survived their injuries.
One month after Chauvin killed Pike, his family filed a wrongful death suit against him for $5 million in damages. The suit was filed by Miles & Stockbridge PLC who represented Pike’s wife and children in the suit. However, Chauvin’s family claimed that he was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at the time of the shooting.
During the trial, members of Chauvin’s family claimed that he began suffering from PTSD after working as a police officer for several years. Family members of Chauvin stated that he required medication to help ease his mental illnesses and prevent him from having panic attacks. They also stated that Chauvin was taking painkillers on a daily basis and had been experiencing blackouts as a result of these medications.
On December 13, 2023, a jury found Chauvin guilty of first degree murder in the death of Charles Linsing and second degree murder in the death of Albert Pike.
Chauvin grew up in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from City University with a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement. Early on Chauvin had several disciplinary problems which hindered his career progress. On January 6, 2016, George Floyd was shot at the age of 29 after he allegedly robbed Frank Robbins Liquor Store. Chauvin was the only officer who fired his weapon. He claimed that he was saving Robbins’ life, but the family still sued the city for wrongful death. The lawsuit went to trial in January 2020 and Chauvin testified on February 4. Despite video evidence showing Chauvin shooting Floyd while he was fleeing, many jurors believed his testimony which resulted in a mistrial. A new trial was scheduled for June 2020.
On May 31, 2020, Chauvin got into an argument with his neighbor over a dog barking. Chauvin claims that his neighbor threatened him with a knife and he responded by firing several shots at the man. After an investigation it was revealed that only one shot hit the victim who survived. However since this incident was just 6 days before Floyd’s trial Chauvin was given an early retirement on May 31.
On August 12, 2023, Chauvin arrived at the County Government Center and shot three people including Officer Albert Pike who later died of his wounds. After shooting several people in the building he was fatally wounded by police officers during a shootout.
Chauvin was given a funeral by the city on August 16 and buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Maple Grove, Minnesota. The city of Minneapolis also raised $50,000 for his widow and two children.
George Floyd’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city which is scheduled to go to trial in January 2025. They claim that he was wrongfully shot and killed by Chauvin.
After his death, Chauvin was given a public funeral by the city of Minneapolis on August 16 and buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Maple Grove, Minnesota. The city of Minneapolis also raised $50,000 for his widow and two children.