Authorities ID man killed by St. Paul police, and officers who shot him

The victim was a member of the White Earth Nation.
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Authorities have identified the man shot dead by St. Paul police early Sunday morning and the officers who shot him, but are still vague on the circumstances that led to the incident.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension confirmed William James Hughes, 43, of 905 St. Anthony Avenue in St. Paul, died after being shot in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The officers who shot him were Officers Matthew Jones and Vincent Adams, who have both been with the department for five years.

They had been called to the multi-unit property where Hughes lived after reports of multiple shots fired in the upper floor at 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

Here's what happened next, according to the BCA:

"According to the BCA’s preliminary investigation, the officers entered an enclosed porch and knocked on one of two interior apartment doors. A man, now identified as Hughes, emerged through the other door. At one point the officers discharged their firearms, striking Hughes. Mr. Hughes was pronounced deceased at the scene."

Authorities had previously stated that Hughes was in possession of a handgun at the time of the shooting, and said on Tuesday morning that a gun was recovered from the scene.

Both the officers have been placed on standard administrative leave since the incident, which was captured on the officers' body cameras.

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter on Monday said he would be "looking for an expedited release" of the footage.

Native Lives Matter revealed that Hughes was a member of the White Earth Nation Ojibwe Tribe, and community members gathered on Monday to hold a vigil and demonstration against his killing.

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Hughes' cousin, Dannah Thompson, told the Pioneer Press his killing was a "terrible tragedy" and described him as "beloved."

"Through our grief and difficulty, we have been left with more questions than answers as to why police officers decided to abruptly and violently take Billy’s life,” she added.

Among those in attendance was Nekima Levy-Pounds, the former president of the Minneapolis NAACP, who has been a prominent member of the movement against police shootings against minority citizens.

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