Armed felon shot and killed in Minneapolis, sparking riots

Lawrence Kim
June 5, 2021

The Minneapolis Police Department told WCCO that it was not involved in the shooting.

While trying to arrest a person wanted on a felony warrant in a parked auto in Minneapolis on Thursday afternoon, US Marshals task force members shot the suspect after the person "produced a handgun" and "failed to comply with officers' commands", the US Marshals Service said in a prepared statement.

Protesters faced off with officers in Minneapolis early Saturday over the shooting death of a man by members of a U.S. Marshals task force.

BCA added to the station that evidence indicates Smith fired his gun from inside the vehicle and a handgun was recovered at the scene.

Agents with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension were headed to the scene along with officials from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, local media reported.

The AP reported that members of a task force were attempting to arrest a person who was wanted on a state warrant for being a felon in possession of a firearm when the person produced a firearm. Shelly Hopkins, who was in a longtime relationship with Smith, told The Associated Press that despite any mistakes Smith has made, he didn't deserve to be killed.

No video footage of the incident has been released. "I didn't, I didn't even know about it". A woman who was in the vehicle with the suspect sustained minor injuries from shattered glass, the statement said. Hughes said Smith doesn't carry a gun, and police "obviously gunned him down wrongly and they're trying to cover it up".

As he just demonstrated: "So just y'all know, the person that was shot up in there, his name was Winston Smith". "You're supposed to be highly trained men, and you can't handle a simple situation?"

Hopkins said she knew Smith had some court issues, but said police "tried to make a case against him that didn't exist".

Following the Thursday afternoon shooting, a small crowd gathered in the neighborhood where the man was shot, shouting expletives at police.

Police said at least nine people were arrested on possible charges including suspicion of riot, assault, arson, and damage to property.

Tensions have run high in the city since May 2020 when George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer, sparking global protests about racial inequality and police brutality. Crews also cleared artwork, flowers and other items from 38th Street and Chicago Avenue where Floyd was killed, informally known as George Floyd Square, but community activists quickly put up makeshift barriers.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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