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Police review body camera video after deadly officer-involved shooting in St. Paul

Updated: September 16, 2019 05:38 AM

Investigators say a deadly officer-involved shooting happened after a man confronted an officer in the Midway neighborhood Sunday night.

The incident happened just before 6 p.m.

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5 EYEWITNESS NEWS cameras were there as officials spent hours at the scene overnight gathering evidence. 

Police officer shoots, kills man in St. Paul's Midway neighborhood after physical altercation

Police said it all started when the suspect drove into an officer's squad car at Thomas Avenue West and North Griggs Street.

When the officer got out of his squad, the man confronted him and the two got into a physical fight. That's when police said the officer fired his gun, hitting and killing the suspect. 

Witnesses said they heard multiple gunshots when they looked outside and saw police swarming the area. 

"I was just inside and I just heard, pop, pop, and I thought, 'I wonder if that's a gunshot or is it fireworks,' because you never know and I thought it can't be anything and then I looked out the window and saw all of this," Richel Burkey-Harris, of St. Paul, said.

Investigators said they are reviewing body camera video and the officer has been placed on standard administrative leave. 

"Unfortunately this man lost his life," Sgt. Mike Ernster, with the St. Paul Police Department, said about the suspect. "These incidents don't just affect those directly involved, they affect all of us." 

Police have neither identified the man killed nor the officer.

Late Sunday night, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter released a statement responding to the shooting, saying, in part, "This tragedy touches all of our lives and leaves our entire community in mourning. Additional information will be forthcoming from the BCA, who has taken the lead on the investigation to begin our search for answers and understanding. My prayers tonight are with the family of the deceased, with the officer involved, and with all who are struggling in the face of this tragedy."

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