Minneapolis buildings vandalized, police say after authorities shoot and kill suspect
Some buildings in Minneapolis were vandalized and looted late Thursday and early Friday, police said, amid protests against the fatal shooting by authorities of a suspect during an attempted arrest.
While attempting to arrest a wanted person under an arrest warrant in a car parked in Minneapolis Thursday afternoon, members of the US Marshals task force shot the suspect after the person ” produced a handgun “and” did not obey the orders of the officers, “the United States Marshals Service said in a prepared statement.
This person died at the scene. A second person, a woman who was also in the car, was slightly injured by broken glass, the service said.
The suspect was wanted under a state arrest warrant for possession of a firearm by a criminal, according to the Marshals Service.
The shooting sparked protests in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis during the evening and at night.
People began to gather at the scene to watch investigators, and some people began chanting “insults at the Minneapolis police, whose officers were providing perimeter support,” the Star Tribune reported.
Most dispersed in the early evening, but a crowd returned after 9:15 p.m., shortly after investigators left. CNN affiliate WCCO reported.
People dragged a trash can into an intersection and set it on fire, and removed the tape from the crime scene, according to WCCO.
WCCO video also shows the exterior glass shattered at a nearby CVS store on Thursday evening.
Buildings have been looted and damaged, Minneapolis police said in a brief notice Friday morning, without giving further details.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating Thursday’s shooting.
Thursday’s shooting comes as the city grapples with the murder of George Floyd last year during his arrest in Minneapolis last year, and with the murder conviction in this case of former policeman Derek Chauvin.
Minneapolis City Workers Thursday parts removed from a memorial at the intersection where Floyd took his last breath, as the city announced plans to create a permanent memorial and reopen the area to through traffic.
The intersection where Floyd died – Chicago Avenue and 38th Street – is about 3 miles southeast of where Thursday’s shooting took place.
Shortly after the removal of the Floyd Memorial, some activists blocked the intersection.
At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Mayor Jacob Frey said the efforts of city employees were only the first step in a “gradual reconnection” of the Chicago Avenue / 38th Street intersection, and he recognized that it will be some time before the intersection opens. to traffic for good.