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.
Publish date:
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. 

Follow Bring Me The News on Twitter

Next Up

Pixabay - hospital emergency room sign

Sheriff: 25-year-old woman run over after falling off towed ATV

It happened on a rural forest road in Smokey Hollow Township.

Screen Shot 2021-06-14 at 8.45.06 AM

Loved ones identify woman killed in Uptown as Deona Marie Erickson

She was among the protestors Sunday night when a motorist drove through the crowd.

University of Minnesota

U of M won't require COVID-19 vaccination for fall semester

The university's president called it "a complex and personal issue."

Danielle Hunter

Report: Danielle Hunter will attend mandatory minicamp

The big question is if he and the Vikings have worked out a new contract.

enbridge energy line 3

MN appeals court upholds Line 3 pipeline approval

The decision is a blow to Tribal leaders and environmentalists fighting the project.

Pixabay - police crime tape do not cross stock

Update: Standoff with barricaded suspect in Cannon Falls ends

The man had entered a multi-family building and stopped communicating.

1200 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota - May 2019

Victim of shooting outside funeral in Minneapolis identified

Dontevius Ahmad Catchings was shot outside the Shiloh Temple, where a funeral for one of the victims of a May shooting was taking place.

hutchinson health hospital

Hutchinson Hospital forgives $184K in medical debt following settlement

The AG's office accused the nonprofit hospital of violating a regulatory agreement.


Chaska man seriously injured in waterskiing accident

The 24-year-old was airlifted to a hospital.

Flickr - beach water

9-year-old dies after drowning in Carver Lake in Woodbury

The incident follows a string of drownings in Minnesota over the weekend.


Screen Shot 2021-06-05 at 11.58.51 AM

Metro Transit officer witnesses homicide, shoots and injures suspect

The shooting suspect suffered a non-fatal gunshot injury.

Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 9.10.30 AM

Minneapolis officer who shot fleeing suspect is identified

Officer Illya Kuznedtsov discharged his weapon during a pursuit with a suspect in September.

Winston Smith scene

US Attorney's Office responds to BCA claim about task force body cams

The BCA said task force officers involved in the shooting death of Winston Smith in Minneapolis were not allowed to wear body cameras.

BCA interviewing witnesses, officers in fatal Minneapolis police shooting

A man said to be armed was shot and killed by police on Saturday evening.

BCA identifies officers, suspect in fatal police shooting in Albert Lea

A 27-year-old man was killed in the encounter on Thursday.

Em1jOWyWEAwspXK (1)

St. Paul homicide suspect arrested by FBI in Chicago

A 34-year-old Minneapolis man was killed in the Nov. 14 shooting.

police lights

No charges against officers who fatally shot suspect after raft standoff

The 24-year-old suspect allegedly fired shots at numerous law enforcement officers.

1 dead, 1 injured after gunman opens fire on Metro Transit bus

It happened just south of Target Center in Minneapolis Thursday night.