Police: Armed man dies in officer-involved shooting in Minneapolis, BCA investigating

Updated: August 06, 2019 10:28 AM

Police and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating a deadly, officer-involved shooting that occured in north Minneapolis Friday morning.


Two separate ShotSpotter activations along the 1100 block of 25th Avenue first alerted police about the incident. Authorities said they also received a 911 call reporting gunshots along the 2400 block of Emerson Avenue.

“This is a call as a chief you never want to receive,” said Police Chief Chief Medaria Arradondo. “This is a tragedy on so many levels and today many lives are impacted.”

Officers responded to Emerson Ave. just before 3 a.m., he said.

“Our officers arrived and located an adult female who had been shot,” said Chief Arradondo. “A confrontation had occurred with an adult male and shots were fired.”

He said the BCA is still investigating what caused the initial shooting. The agency has not confirmed whether the man and woman knew each other.

At some point after officers arrived, there was a confrontation between the man and police. Chief Arradondo said officers fired their weapons, killing the man identified as Mario Philip Benjamin.

He said CPR was performed but the man died on scene.

“Two officers involved in this call are on administrative leave per our standard operating procedures,” he said. “Neither officer was physically injured.”

The woman was taken to North Memorial hospital with injuries that were not considered life threatening.

Minneapolis police confirmed the officers did have body cameras on and that they were active.

“Please know we will be pressing the BCA to move their investigation as quickly as possible and to provide the public with information as quickly as possible,” said Mayor Jacob Frey.

“This needs to be considered in a greater context and the totality where we have a lot of community members that are suffering and experiencing a whole lot of trauma that needs to be recognized.”

The BCA will now lead the investigation, according to officials.

Michael Shower watched the situation unfold from his home. He said he was woken up by an alarming sound.

“I heard a woman scream, she woke me up,” he said. “I heard a woman screaming.”

He said about four to five minutes later police arrived.

“That’s when they got out their car and told him drop the gun, drop the gun, put it down, put it down, four or five times, they had no choice,” he said. “They didn’t kill the dude cold blooded, the camera will tell the difference."
Chief Arradondo wouldn’t comment on what occurred between the man and officers.

“In my opinion, it could’ve been avoided, something could've been done,” said Ashley Davis, a family friend of the man. “Ya’ll could’ve negotiated something with him, you could've tased him, you could've shot him in the leg or something, you didn't have to kill him.”

She believes he was coming to stay at her house when the situation unfolded.

“They were going through a lot, everybody goes through a lot, everybody struggles but I didn't think the situation would end up like this,” she said. “Its' really hard, it's really hard.”

According to Davis, he shared children with the woman.

The BCA would not confirm that but Chief Arradondo said there were children on scene when officers arrived. He told reporters the children were uninjured and are now with a guardian.

Chief Arradondo said the department is working to build trust in the community.

“When these situations happen, we have to continue to build that currency of trust within those communities and we'll continue to keep doing that,” he said. “Our officers were called because someone was shot so we will continue to rush in and help those who need help.”

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