BCA identifies officer involved in fatal St. Paul shooting

Updated: September 17, 2019 10:46 PM

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified the officer involved in the shooting that left 31-year-old Ronald Kerry Davis dead. 

The BCA identified the policeman as Officer Steven Mattson, who is on standard administrative leave. According to the BCA, Mattson has been with the St. Paul Police Department for less than a year.


According to a news release from the BCA, Mattson was on patrol Sunday afternoon and had stopped at the intersection of Thomas Avenue West and Griggs Street when his patrol car was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by Davis. 

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The release said Mattson and Davis both exited their vehicles. The BCA said Davis then confronted Mattson with a knife. 

According to the release, Davis ignored repeated commands to drop the knife. 

During the encounter, Mattson discharged his firearm, striking Davis, according to the BCA. Davis was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Mattson's body camera captured the incident, according to the BCA. 

On Tuesday night, dozens of people took their questions and anger to the St. Paul Police Department's Western District for a community conversation.

"Why do you have to kill," Marianne Turnbull, a mental health professional, asked. "Why do you have to kill? What can't you disable somebody?" 

At the gathering, Commander Steve Anderson defended the department's use of force policy.

"In general terms, officers are trained to stop the threat if someone is trying to kill an officer," he said. 

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