Man fatally shot by police in Minneapolis

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A Bureau of Criminal Apprehension truck sits at the intersection of Lowry and Thomas avenues north in Minneapolis, near where city police fatally shot a man Sunday. Authorities had several blocks of the area cordoned off from traffic.
Cody Nelson | MPR News

Updated: 6:30 p.m.

Minneapolis police fatally shot a man while responding to a domestic disturbance call early Sunday. Authorities said there was an “armed confrontation” in which officers fired their weapons.

Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder said officers at the scene had body cameras that were activated at the time of the shooting. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is handling the investigation.

Elder said officers were called to the 3100 block of Thomas Avenue North just after 3 a.m. Police were told that weapons were involved, and that shots had been fired inside the residence though no one was hurt.

"Some people were able to flee the residence, and as squads arrived, they met those individuals (and) got them to safety while other officers attempted contact with the suspect inside the residence," Elder said. "After an extensive phone call, the suspect agreed to come out. In fact, did come out. Shots were fired. Officers returned fire and hit the individual."

The man died a short time later at North Memorial Medical Center. His name and age have not yet been released.

No one else was injured in the incident. Elder said "numerous" officers were at the scene, but police have not said how many fired their weapons.

Police had cordoned off several blocks surrounding the shooting site Sunday afternoon due to the BCA’s ongoing investigation.

Jimmie Jackson lives on the other side of the block from where the shooting took place. He said he and his wife were returning from a trip to Chicago early Sunday morning when they heard the gunfire from nearby.

"It was pop, pop, pop, pop, pop ... and then you heard a pause. Then it was another pop, pop, pop, pop, pop. So it was like they just, you know, killed a guy,” Jackson said. “I think this was a senseless killing."

Jackson said he's never had any issues with household where the shooting took place and didn’t know what could’ve led to the shooting.

Elder said Minneapolis police "will completely cooperate" with the BCA investigation.

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