St. Paul Police: Suspect Threw Rocks, Refused to Back Away from Officers

Updated: 08/29/2014 7:28 AM
Created: 08/28/2014 7:36 AM
By: Jennie Olson

The St. Paul Police Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting Thursday morning.

Police confirm that the officer was not injured, and the suspect is dead. The shooting happened around 7 a.m. outside of a Holiday gas station near Wabasha Street and Plato Boulevard.

Witnesses who called 911 told dispatchers that they saw a man throwing large rocks through car windows and swinging a pipe. Police say the man went after the officers who arrived on scene and refused to back away.

A witness tells KSTP he saw the suspect and police involved in an altercation. He says the suspect was throwing rocks and at one point punched one of the officers. He allegedly continued to “physically and aggressively” interact with the officers before the shooting.

"The officers gave him that opportunity. I won't get into any more specifics except to tell you that at least one of the officers, and I believe, both believe, their lives were not only in jeopardy, but one of the officers may be seriously injured," St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith said.

Police are working with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner to identify the man who was killed. The officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave during the investigation.

Photo: KSTP-TV/Phil Thiesse

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