Sources: Man Killed in St. Paul Officer-Involved Shooting Verbally Threatened Police, Raised Handgun

August 07, 2018 11:26 PM

Multiple sources told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the encounter between 43-year-old William Hughes and two St. Paul police officers started and ended quickly after Hughes threatened both officers.

The two officers,Officer Vincent Adams and Officer Matthew Jones, were responding to reports of a man firing a weapon inside a home at 905 St. Anthony Avenue early Sunday morning.


The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said the officers entered the enclosed porch area of the home and knocked on one of two doors and Hughes emerged through the other door.

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Sources told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the officers heard Hughes issue a verbal threat toward them, was holding a handgun and started to raise the gun toward the officers. That's when Adams and Jones fired their weapons, striking Hughes. Hughes was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sources also said the original 911 call made Sunday morning reporting shots fired inside the St. Anthony Avenue home was not made by Hughes.

RELATED: St. Paul Police Chief to Release OIS Body Cam Video in Next 10 Days

Adams and Jones are on paid leave, which is standard during officer-involved shootings. The BCA is the lead agency in the investigation.

On Tuesday, St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell said release of the police body camera video will happen within the next 10 days.



Jay Kolls

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