The countdown: Top local news stories of 2013 (No. 20-11)

Published 9:20am Monday, December 30, 2013

(14 TIE) Family, friends shocked after Austin native Michael Tray is shot, killed by police in Minnetonka


Family and friends were shocked when Minnetonka Police shot and killed Austin High School graduate and athlete Michael Regner Tray.

Police shot Tray, 27, on Oct. 23 in the underground garage of a suburban apartment complex after reports he was carrying a revolver. Friends and family said Tray, “wasn’t that guy,” as he didn’t have any violent criminal convictions. Minnetonka police released the names of the officers, James Comings and Ryan Smith, about a week after the shooting, but have not released further details in the investigation.

Tray graduated from Austin High School in 2004 and St. Cloud University in 2013, with a BS in Bio-Medicine.

“We’re in shock,” said Jim Greer, Tray’s stepfather, in October. “We just don’t understand how this could’ve happened.”

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