Officers, Man Involved in St. Paul Shooting Identified

Officers, Man Involved in St. Paul Shooting Identified Photo: Photo: KSTP/File

May 11, 2016 06:53 AM

Four St. Paul Police Department officers who fired their weapons during a shooting Monday and the man fatally shot in the incident have been identified.

The shooting took place at 3:30 a.m. on the 100 block of Acker Street. Officers responded to the area after receiving a report about a man with a gun.


According to a preliminary investigation, a woman had entered the towing business near where the shooting eventually took place, followed by a man. The man displayed a gun and walked the woman back outside, according to authorities.

Officers said they then saw the man and woman near the intersection of Acker Street East and Buffalo Street. The man shot the woman and then fled, according to authorities. Officers followed the man to the backyard of a home in the area, at which point the man fired at the officers despite repeated orders for him to drop his weapon. Officers returned fire, fatally striking the man, authorities said.

The man fatally shot, 33-year-old Jaffort Smith of St. Paul, died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office.

The woman, identified as 49-year-old Beverly Flowers of St. Paul, was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

The four officers involved in the incident are on standard administrative leave. They are Officer John Corcoran, who has been with the department for 18 years; Officer Mark Grundhauser, who has been with the department for four years; Officer Jeffrey Korus, who has been with the department for five years; and Officer Michael Tschida, who has been with the department for six years.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the incident, including the nature of the relationship between Smith and Flowers.


Rebecca Omastiak

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