Bemidji police chief: Stop spreading rumors about deadly police shooting - Bring Me The News

Bemidji police chief: Stop spreading rumors about deadly police shooting

A 34-year-old man was killed in the officer-involved shooting on Nov. 28.
Author:
Publish date:

The chief of police in Bemidji is urging people to remain patient as the wait for more information about what led to a deadly officer-involved shooting in the northern Minnesota city continues. 

Vernon May, 34, of Red Lake, was shot and killed during a routine traffic staff in Bemidji on Nov. 28. 

According to the original press release about the incident, a Bemidji police officer and deputy from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office discharged their weapons following a struggle to control a gun that they say May was in possession of. 

May was a passenger in the back seat of the vehicle and the struggle followed a request for him to get out of the vehicle after learning that he was wanted on a felony warrant. 

Chief Mike Mastin's caution letter was released after a series of protests outside police headquarters, with protesters demanding answers and the release of video from the shooting. 

“Our community has experienced a tragedy. One life is lost and others are irreversibly changed forever. Their families and friends have also suffered a great deal of grief, anger and worry. Understandably, everyone wants answers as to what happened on the night of November 28th," Mastin wrote in a letter to the community

“I recognize that people want the details of this case to be made public immediately, I do too. However, it is important we all understand, a case of this significance takes time and due diligence to ensure nothing is missed."

Mastin noted that the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is handling the investigation, and that interviews, videos, physical evidence, autopsy and toxicology reports all need extensive review, all of which "take time for proper analysis." 

Mastin urged people to stop spreading "untruthful rumors" about the case until the facts are released. 

Follow Bring Me The News on Flipboard

"It is important that people not promote a false narrative that spreads hate throughout our community," Mastin said. "Doing so does not allow our community to heal and move forward. In fact, it only serves to create further division and destroy the bridges of trust we have already built.

Mastin guaranteed that body camera video will be made public as soon as possible. 

"By releasing the video too soon, there is the risk of tainting a jury that may be required for a trial or grand jury. And, we are considering the family of the deceased, once the video is made public it will be shared across all media platforms," he said. 

Next Up

Danielle Hunter, Everson Griffen

Vikings will face Everson Griffen twice after trade to Lions

The former Vikings star was traded to Detroit for a fifth-round pick.

Jordana Green

WCCO Radio's Jordana Green diagnosed with leukemia

"I got this," Green wrote on her Facebook page.

CrispAndGreenPhoto

Minnesota-based Crisp & Green adds 20 locations in four states

The four-year-old local business says it's going national

victoria burrow pizza

Fair-inspired entertainment venue opening at Mall of America

Fair on 4 will feature axe throwing, go carts and more.

cheers-2636510_1280

Canceled: The Halloween bar crawl that no bars knew about

The dubiously organized event was planned for this weekend in Minneapolis.

covid saliva test

St. Cloud gets Minnesota's 6th COVID-19 saliva testing site

Four more sites are expected to open in the Twin Cities in the coming weeks.

burnsville center

Part of Burnsville Center is being auctioned off

More than 500,000 square feet of the mall is being auctioned off.

State Capitol

Elections 2020: Control of Minnesota's divided Legislature is up for grabs

Redistricting and responding to COVID-19 are among the issues the new legislature will have to deal with.

ambulance

Rochester woman found dead in the snow after leaving senior residence

The woman left the senior living center around 2:30 a.m. Monday.

Screen Shot 2020-10-27 at 10.43.19 AM

Investigation: Sprinklers could have saved 5 killed in Minneapolis high-rise fire

The deadly fire broke out at the Cedar-Riverside apartment block last November.

coronavirus, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, October 27

Hospitalizations continue to rise quickly in Minnesota.

Related

Suspected gunman arrested after deadly shooting in Bemidji

A 20-year-old was fatally wounded and a 17-year-old was injured.

Ausineese Aubin Dufault

Duluth PD: Stop 'spreading rumors' about teen's death

16-year-old Ausineese Aubin Dufault was found dead of a gunshot wound Monday.

Traffic stop leads to deadly officer-involved shooting in Bemidji

The suspect was in possession of a handgun, authorities say.

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

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

'Violent and dangerous' suspect flees after deadly shooting in Bemidji

The 18-year-old suspect was last seen wearing a red sweatshirt.

Police shoot armed intruder dead, later find body inside house

The officer-involved shooting unfolded on Sunday afternoon.

Attorney: Police justified in deadly shooting during hostage situation

The fatal police shooting took place in the city's downtown on Nov. 27.