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Authorities release name of officer who shot man dead in St. Paul

More details about the Sunday officer-involved shooting have been released.
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The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified the police officer who shot a man dead following an altercation in St. Paul on Sunday.

Ronald Kerry Davis, 31, of Little Canada, died from gunshot wounds after an altercation with St. Paul PD Officer Steven Mattson.

Mattson has been on the force for less than a year, and has been placed on standard administrative leave.

The BCA has also revealed details of the circumstances that led up to Davis' shooting:

Officer Mattson was on patrol at 5:50 p.m. Sunday and had just stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of Thomas Avenue West and Griggs Street when a vehicle driven by Davis rear-ended Mattson’s squad.

"Both men exited their vehicles, at which time Davis confronted Officer Mattson with a knife. Davis ignored repeated commands to drop the knife. At one point during the encounter Officer Mattson discharged his firearm, striking Davis.

Davis was pronounced dead at the scene despite lifesaving measures from responders, with BCA crime scene personnel recovering a knife from next to Davis' body.

The incident was captured on Mattson's body camera, but it's not clear when this footage will be released.

"When the investigation is complete, the BCA will present its findings to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office for review," the BCA said.

WCCO reports that Davis had completed a 6-week maintenance and facilities training course just two days before he was killed, with his family saying he was "respectful and had a big heart." 

The bio on Davis' Facebook page reads: "Respect & Treat Others how u wanna b Treated. Always Love the Family. Stay Blessed !!"

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