BCA interviewing witnesses, officers involved in fatal Minneapolis police shooting

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

The deadly officer-involved shooting in north Minneapolis is now under the investigative arm of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). 

Little is known about the incident that unfolded Saturday evening when Minneapolis police officers opened fire on a man near the 4700 block of Bryan Avenue North, killing him in the process.

Minneapolis police say the situation began with multiple 911 calls around 5:30 p.m., with callers saying a man was firing a handgun into the air and ground near the 4700 block of Bryant Avenue North. Upon arrival, officers chased the suspect on foot and eventually shot him to death. 

The latest report from the BCA describes the incident like this: 

"Officers encountered the adult male subject sitting with a woman on the curb near the intersection of 48th Avenue N. and N. Camden Avenue. As the officers exited their squad, the subject fled on foot, carrying a black and silver gun. The officers pursued the subject on foot for several blocks. At one point during the encounter, the officers fired their weapons, striking the man. He was pronounced deceased at the scene."

The victim of the shooting has been identified by family members as 31-year-old Thurman Blevins of Minneapolis.

Body cameras worn by the officers on the scene recorded the incident, but squad cameras did not capture the critical footage on camera. 

Witnesses have spoken out on social media saying the suspect ran after police used a Taser on him, and then later shot him as he fled. Police have not described in detail what caused officers to shoot. 

According to KARE 11, the family of Blevins will review the body camera footage on Monday. 

Related stories

Protesters rally in response to deadly officer-involved shooting

Mayor Frey reacts to police shooting that kills man in north Minneapolis

As of Sunday evening, the BCA has released some details, noting that a black and silver handgun was recovered from the scene of the shooting. 

The next steps involve the BCA interviewing all officers involved as well as any witnesses. 

Additional details will be released, including names of the officers involved, when the BCA has concluded the interview process. All BCA findings will be turned over to the Hennepin Count Attorney's Office. 

Officers involved are currently on standard administrative leave. 

Next Up


St. Cloud State blanked by UMass in national championship game

Minnesota had three teams in the Frozen Four but didn't claim the national title.

BLM mural in West St. Paul.

Minnesotan's fight to save his BLM mural gets international coverage

West St. Paul told Ryan Weyandt the art violates city code.

Alex Rodriguez

Reports: Alex Rodriguez part of group finalizing deal to buy Wolves, Lynx

The former MLB will become part-owner of the Wolves and Lynx.

snow, slush (submitted photo, ok to use)

Accumulating snow expected in parts of Minnesota on Monday

Far northwestern Minnesota stands the best chance for higher snow totals.

Screen Shot 2021-04-10 at 1.53.51 PM

Police looking for 'person of interest' in connection to woman's killing

The public is advised to avoid approaching him and to call 911.

covid, vaccine

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Saturday, April 10

Cases and hospitalizations have been on the rise in Minnesota.

Gabe Kalscheur

Gabe Kalscheur announces he's transferring to Iowa State

The former Gopher guard entered the transfer portal last month.


Asked about restrictions, Walz says Minnesota is in a 'hold pattern'

Meanwhile, the governor of Michigan is urging people to stay home to slow the spread.

walz and zapko

Watch: Beloved MN sign language interpreter profiled on Today Show

Nic Zapka's work made her an internet celebrity last year.

White Bear Lake Area High School

White Bear Lake students hold walkout over racist social media comments

School officials are investigating the anonymous Instagram account.


Mayor Frey reacts to deadly police shooting in North Minneapolis

A man was shot and killed by police near Bryant Ave. N. 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.

Police confirm deadly officer-involved shooting in North Minneapolis

It happened near the 4700 block of Bryant Avenue North.

BCA identifies officers involved in shooting death of Thurman Blevins

Meanwhile, Minneapolis City Council is asking for the release of body camera footage.

Protests planned in Minneapolis in response to fatal police shooting

The first protest is scheduled to impact the Pride Parade in Minneapolis.

Screen Shot 2020-12-31 at 3.58.03 PM

3 Minneapolis officers involved in fatal shooting of Dolal Idd are identified

The BCA says the three officers fired their guns at Idd after he struck several police cars with his vehicle and then fired at officers.

1 dead in officer-involved shooting in Virginia, Minnesota

The suspect was shot and killed on Tuesday evening.