In response to community members demanding answers after an officer-involved shooting left a man dead in North Minneapolis on Saturday night, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey released a statement.
“I want to offer words that can help ease the pain that people in every neighborhood of our city feel tonight. But at the same time, I must recognize that whatever words I come up with will fall short of that goal," said Frey.
“Regardless of what happened tonight – too many times, people from across Minneapolis and the Twin Cities have been stung by the pain of a life lost in the course of an encounter with law enforcement. Regardless of what happened tonight – the historical trauma inflicted on communities of color is never far from nearly every facet of our lives."
What led to the fatal encounter
Minneapolis police shot and killed an adult male, whom family members have identified as 31-year-old Thurman Blevins.
A report from MPD says they received two 911 calls around 5:30 p.m., both stating that a man was near the 4700 block of Bryant Ave. N. shooting a handgun into the air and ground.
Officers arrived in the area and began chasing the suspect on foot, a pursuit that ended in shots fired and the suspect dying at the scene.
Further details about what spurred the shooting have not been released and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating.
As seen in the photo at the top of the story, a large crowd gathered in the area and was demanding answers from police. The Facebook page of the NAACP Minneapolis released a statement asking MPD for full transparency.
More from Frey
Mayor Frey said called the death of the man a "now too familiar feeling," adding:
“Events of the past several years, and now tonight, have tested our city in ways that are new to some neighborhoods but are all familiar for others. Strained relations between law enforcement officials and the communities they serve – especially communities of color – have exacted a toll on the very soul of our city, our region, and this nation."
Frey said he will work directly with Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo to "gather all the facts and take action as necessary."
“At the end of the day, we know that no matter what transpired in the moments leading up to the shooting, we know with certainty that the outcome is a tragedy," Frey continued. "To everyone hurting tonight: I’m sorry."