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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.

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. 

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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. 

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