More details emerge about fatal officer-involved shooting in St. Paul – Bring Me The News

More details emerge about fatal officer-involved shooting in St. Paul - Bring Me The News
Police officer fatally shoots man who rammed squad car in St. Pauls Midway neighborhood
The man shot dead by police in St. Paul Sunday evening allegedly rear-ended a squad car before getting into a fight with officers.

St. Paul PD released more details about the fatal officer-involved shooting overnight on Sunday, after the incident around 5:50 p.m. in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood.

“Tonight is a sad and difficult night for our city,” Police Chief Todd Axtell said in a Facebook post. “Everyone at your police department is deeply saddened by what happened.”

"The incident occurred after a vehicle rear-ended a Saint Paul police squad that was stopped at the intersection of Thomas Avenue West and North Griggs Street," St. Paul PD said.

Police: 1 Dead In Officer-Involved Shooting In St. Pauls Midway Neighborhood

Thanks for watching!Visit Website"After the officer got out of his squad, the driver of the striking vehicle initiated a physical confrontation and a fight ensued.

Sources tell WCCO a car hit an officer’s vehicle while on patrol. The man reportedly got out of the car with a knife, would not put the knife down, and was shot and killed.

"During the course of the fight, the officer discharged his service weapon, striking the adult male who had confronted him. St. Paul Fire medics were immediately summoned, but their lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful and the man died at the scene. The officer was not injured."

“My prayers tonight are with the family of the deceased, with the officer involved, and with all who are struggling in the face of this tragedy,” he said.

Police say the officer was wearing a body camera, which was activated. Any video obtained from it will be reviewed by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

In a statement, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter called the shooting a tragedy that touches the entire community.

Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteADVERTISEMENTThanks for watching!Visit WebsiteThe statement from St. Paul PD makes no mention of any weapon, though there have been media reports citing dispatch audio that suggested the man had a knife.

In a statement late Sunday, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, who went to the scene on Sunday, said: "Our hearts are hurt with the news of an officer-involved shooting in our Midway Neighborhood this evening.  This tragedy touches all of our lives and leaves our entire community in mourning.'

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"My prayers tonight are with the family of the deceased, with the officer involved, and with all who are struggling in the face of this tragedy," he added.

"I told him [Mayor Carter] then in person and directly that the #1 thing my constituents & advocates are asking for, and that I also echo, is the swift release of body cam footage ASAP."

She added: "No matter what info is forthcoming, we ultimately know someone has died in our city tonight after being shot by an SPPD officer. That is an irreversible tragedy for everybody involved."

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The man got out of the vehicle and “initiated a physical confrontation,” a police statement said. During the ensuing fight, the officer shot the man, who died at the scene.

Earlier, a voice was heard over emergency dispatch audio saying: “Drop the knife! Drop the knife!”

In a Facebook post Sunday night, Axtell said the officer was “faced with one of the most gut-wrenching situations imaginable.” He extended condolences to the man who died and said the Police Department will do what it can to support the officer. He also said the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating.

Into the evening at the scene, a handful of activists walked along the police tape, filming live feeds and encouraging people to demand to see body camera footage.

Police spokesman Mike Ernster said the officer was wearing a body camera, which was activated. He confirmed that the officer said “drop the knife” but did not say if the man had one. The officer was placed on administrative leave.

The shooting happened around 5:50 p.m. near the intersection of Thomas Avenue W. and N. Griggs Street. Police said the officer was not injured.

“Like anything, this could have happened anywhere,” he said. “I saw the [police] lights and honestly assumed it was just a traffic stop at first.”

The incident comes in the wake of a nine-hour stretch of violence early last week that unfolded across three different neighborhoods and took three lives, including a man acting as a good Samaritan. At a news conference with Mayor Melvin Carter and community leaders Tuesday, Axtell called the fatal shootings shocking and outrageous.

Five additional officers are now patrolling each shift. Investigators are pivoting to gun violence cases, and reserve officers and St. Paul’s Law Enforcement Career Path Academy are knocking on doors and talking to residents.

Sunday’s fatal shooting is the 189th officer-involved fatality in Minnesota since 2000. Four officer-involved shootings have occurred this summer alone. Most recently, Brian Quinones, 30, was fatally shot on Sept. 7 in an incident involving officers from Edina and Richfield.

A few officials left the Unite Against Gun Violence vigil at 6 p.m. Sunday to respond to the shooting, which was about 3 ½ miles away. The vigil drew about three dozen people, many of whom shared stories of how they’d personally been affected by gun violence in St. Paul.

“It’s our responsibility,” she said. “The more visible we are, the more we can make sure gun violence stops.”

Another young girl at the vigil quietly told the group about seeing men trade guns near her home and about her uncle who was recently shot and killed.

Walsh and her neighbor, Lynn Connolly, said the event attracted more than they had seen at previous vigils.

“This is a right-now crisis,” Connolly said. “We are standing together to say ‘no more.’ ”

Mara Klecker covers Washington County for the Star Tribune. She previously spent two years covering social services for the Omaha World-Herald. 


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