Release of Evidence Reveals Who Owned the Gun Thurman Blevins Carried

July 30, 2018 11:49 PM

Thirty-one-year-old Thurman Blevins was a felon.

He had multiple convictions, including drug possession, assault and fleeing a police officer. 


Because of that, Blevins was forbidden from possessing a firearm.

However, a chrome 9mm Smith & Wesson was located near his body the evening he was shot by Minneapolis police officers. 

RELATED: Witnesses Give Varied Accounts of Thurman Blevins Shooting

With the case now closed, the Minnesota of Bureau Criminal Apprehension released its investigative file, which contained thousands of photos, dozens of interviews, pieces from various scenes, video from cell phones, dash camera footage and body camera footage.


Authorities took photos of the gun with a shell casing.  The BCA said the weapon was loaded and ballistics experts set out to determine if it was also stolen or a straw purchase.

Using a national ballistics database, forensic examiners traced the gun back to a man with a permit to carry who said his wife is a close friend of Blevin's girlfriend.

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During an interview with officers, the legal gun owner said he had just returned from a trip out of state and heard about a shooting in the neighborhood. 

In an audio interview, officers asked the man if he owned a 9mm firearm and if he knew what happened to it. 

In the audio, the man confirmed that he did and went to check on it. When he returned, he told officers his Smith & Wesson was missing. The man went on to say he wasn't sure if it was loaned or sold. 

RELATED: Minneapolis Releases Police Body Camera Footage of Thurman Blevins Shooting

According to investigative data, the same firearm was linked to a burglary the month before.

Hennpein County Attorney Mike Freeman announced he would not file charges against the two officers involved Monday.

During a press conference, Freeman added, "It is not certain (Blevins) fired at the officers, but the evidence showed a casing matching his gun was there." 


Beth McDonough

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