BCA identifies Metro Transit officer who witnessed homicide, shot suspect

A 33-year-old Minneapolis man was killed by the suspect. The man shot by the officer is now in jail.
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410 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota - June 2019

The Metro Transit officer who witnessed a fatal shooting in downtown Minneapolis, and then shot and injured the accused killer, has been identified as a nine-year veteran of the transit police department. 

Officer John Steele was identified by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. He is on standard administrative leave pending the bureau's investigation into the officer-involved shooting. 

Steele shot 23-year-old Kevion J. Gibbs, of West Point, Mississippi. Gibbs was treated for a gunshot wound to his leg during the June 5 incident and is now in custody in the Hennepin County Jail. 

He's accused of shooting 33-year-old Deandre Smith, of Minneapolis, around 2:30 a.m. following a confrontation in the area of Hennepin Avenue and South 5th Street. Steele was among the police officers who witnessed the alleged killing before chasing after Gibbs and shooting him once before an arrest.

According to charges, Smith punched an individual in a parking lot outside Augie's bar and then took off running, with Gibbs then pulling a handgun and firing multiple shots at Smith from approximately five feet away. 

Smith died of three gunshot wounds, including one that went through his heart, according to charging document, which cites the medical examiner's report. 

The charges note that body cameras were active and recorded portions of the incident. 

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