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More details emerge about fatal officer-involved shooting in St. Paul

Police say a man was shot dead after a fight.
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The man shot dead by police in St. Paul Sunday evening allegedly rear-ended a squad car before getting into a fight with officers.

St. Paul PD released more details about the fatal officer-involved shooting overnight on Sunday, after the incident around 5:50 p.m. in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood.

"The incident occurred after a vehicle rear-ended a Saint Paul police squad that was stopped at the intersection of Thomas Avenue West and North Griggs Street," St. Paul PD said.

"After the officer got out of his squad, the driver of the striking vehicle initiated a physical confrontation and a fight ensued.

"During the course of the fight, the officer discharged his service weapon, striking the adult male who had confronted him. St. Paul Fire medics were immediately summoned, but their lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful and the man died at the scene. The officer was not injured."

Police say the officer was wearing a body camera, which was activated. Any video obtained from it will be reviewed by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

The statement from St. Paul PD makes no mention of any weapon, though there have been media reports citing dispatch audio that suggested the man had a knife.

The officer involved has been placed on standard administrative leave.

In a statement late Sunday, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, who went to the scene on Sunday, said: "Our hearts are hurt with the news of an officer-involved shooting in our Midway Neighborhood this evening.  This tragedy touches all of our lives and leaves our entire community in mourning.'

"My prayers tonight are with the family of the deceased, with the officer involved, and with all who are struggling in the face of this tragedy," he added.

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Ward 4 city council member Mitra Jalali Nelson called for the swift release of body cam footage.

"I told him [Mayor Carter] then in person and directly that the #1 thing my constituents & advocates are asking for, and that I also echo, is the swift release of body cam footage ASAP."

She added: "No matter what info is forthcoming, we ultimately know someone has died in our city tonight after being shot by an SPPD officer. That is an irreversible tragedy for everybody involved."

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