Man Fatally Shot by St. Paul Police Identified

March 16, 2017 05:57 AM

St. Paul police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that left a man dead early Wednesday morning.

The incident occurred around 2:20 a.m. on the 700 block of East 6th Street, near the intersection of East 7th and Sinnen streets.


Sources tell 5 EYEWITNESS the man killed by a St. Paul Police officer is Cordale Handy. 

Sources said that St. Paul police officers believed they were in danger because it appeared that Handy was in possession of a gun at the time he was shot.

In 2008, Handy was a member of a known street gang who was put on the 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list in Lake County, Illinois, after committing a carjacking, according to reports.

A native of Waukegan, Illinois, in 2011, Handy faced burglary charges linked to more than six burglaries, according to records.

Authorities say officers were called to an apartment building in that area because of a domestic situation that involved physical violence.

Police say officers encountered a man on a street in the area, shots were fired and the man was struck.

Officer called the Saint Paul Fire Medics to the scene, who responded and pronounced the man dead. Police spokesman Steve Linders says three officers were on the scene. None were injured.

According to a KSTP crew at the scene, officers had sectioned off the area with caution tape and were continuing to survey the scene hours after the incident initially occurred.

Investigators have not yet revealed what prompted the shooting or whether the man was armed.

Meanwhile, neighbors who live in East St. Paul are curious to know what exactly happened.

Danielle Swift, an equal rights organizer, stood on the corner of East 6th Street holding a sign that read: "The police killed someone."

"This is something that I have seen before," Swift said. "I want to know what happened and why can't we make it through an entire year without the police killing someone."

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is leading the investigation into what prompted the shooting.

In a release sent late Wednesday afternoon, the BCA said it learned "during the encounter two officers discharged their weapons, striking Handy."

Three St. Paul police officers, who were not identified, were placed on standard administrative leave, according the the BCA.

During a search, investigators at the crime scene found "a firearm outside of the apartment building and spent shell casings inside the apartment" the officers were originally called to.


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