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Police: St. Paul officer fatally shoots man armed with gun

The encounter happened about 6:10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5.

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ST. PAUL — A St. Paul police officer fatally shot a man armed with a gun as they searched for him in a “domestic incident,” police say.

Just before, police said they saw him running and appear to try to carjack someone.

The encounter happened in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood about 6:10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5.

“I am saddened by the news of tonight’s officer-involved shooting; a painful trauma that will impact the family and friends of the deceased, the men and women of our St. Paul Police department, and our entire community for a very long time,” St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter said in a statement.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Monday night they were responding to a use-of-force incident in St. Paul. St. Paul police announced in 2016 they would ask an outside law enforcement agency to investigate such cases.

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“There is much more to learn about this incident, and those answers will come,” Carter’s statement continued. “I am working closely with Chief (Axel) Henry and the BCA to ensure a thorough, timely and transparent investigation will occur, as our community has agreed to engage in. We are committed to the release of body cam footage as quickly as possible.”

The St. Paul police department released the following information in a press statement early Tuesday:

Officers responded to Earl Street and Hudson Road on a report of a “domestic incident.”

A person who called police “stated an assault took place and a man was armed with a gun, before abruptly ending the call.”

Responding officers got a description of the man, who had run away. They set up a perimeter and searched.

Officers saw the man running with a handgun in his hand. When they saw him appear to attempt a carjacking on Hudson Road, officers drove up to the man and police believe they struck him with a squad car.

“As the officers got out of their car, the man was standing with the gun in his hand and an officer fired multiple rounds, striking the man in the torso and leg,” the statement said. “Officers immediately rendered aid to the man and called for St. Paul Fire medics.”

Paramedics took the man to Regions Hospital, where he later died.

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The officers involved were wearing body cameras, and they were activated. The police department is placing the officers on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

The BCA will release the name of the man who died and other updates “in the coming days,” police also said in the statement.

The last shooting by an officer in St. Paul happened in November 2020, when Joseph Javonte Washington was wounded.

He recently filed a federal lawsuit, alleging police used unnecessary and excessive force when he climbed out of a dumpster naked and unarmed. Washington was a suspect in the sexual assault of a former girlfriend.

The officer was not charged after the attorney general’s office found last year that Washington “abruptly jumped” out of a dumpster where he was hiding, and the officer reported he couldn’t tell if Washington had a weapon in his hand.

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