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Domestic incident turns into officer-involved shooting in north Minneapolis, man dead

Updated: December 16, 2019 06:01 PM

The name of a man shot and killed during a face off with police is expected to be released Monday.

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Additionally, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is working on determining which of the shots fired killed the man, who has not yet been identified.

What turned into an officer-involved shooting began as a domestic incident in north Minneapolis early Sunday morning.

According to the Minneapolis police, a shot was fired in a domestic incident around 3:09 a.m. in the area of 3100 Thomas Avenue North. Officers responded to the scene and were met by people who had been inside the residence. The suspect remained inside. 

Officers made contact with the man who agreed to come outside. When the man came out, he was holding a gun and fired at officers.  Multiple officers fired back, hitting the suspect. 

Those officers are on administrative leave, which is standard policy when use of force occurs.

 

The suspect was taken to North Memorial Hospital, where he later died. No one inside the home was hurt during the incident. 

"This is an extremely difficult situation for an officer," said John Elder, public information officer for the Minneapolis Police Department. "These officers, at one moment their lives are being threatened and the next moment they're trying to save the person's life who just threatened theirs." 

Minneapolis police confirm that officers were wearing body cameras at the time of the shooting and they were recording. 

Since the week of Thanksgiving, the department has dealt with numerous violent and deadly domestic incidents.

"These are the most difficult, these can be the most difficult calls," Elder said. "During the holidays, there's a lot of together time — this is a time when we see an increase in domestic calls. We're saddened by it." 

A neighbor reflected on this domestic disturbance which had a deadly ending.

"It's just the response to difficult situations is violence and I just wish there was a different answer to that," LaToya Peterson said.

Dashay Williams lives one street east of Thomas Avenue North. When he found out police were investigating a shooting in his neighborhood, he rushed home to make sure his child was safe.

"I'm praying basically there is nothing going on with my family," Williams said as he was walking to his family's home.

A source said police had recently responded to the home for a welfare check; someone was reportedly suicidal.  It's not known who that person was. 

The incident remains under investigation.

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