The City of Minneapolis has released the transcript of the 911 call about Thurman Blevins, which prompted the police response that ultimately ended in his death.
The caller, a woman, is reticent throughout to identify herself, fearing retribution if she's thought of as a "snitch," but expresses concern that someone would get hurt as Blevins was allegedly firing a gun into the air and at the ground.
She explains that people in the north Minneapolis neighborhood began to run away as Blevins, who she said was drunk, starting firing the gun.
"You gotta move around before he shoots somebody," the caller tells the 911 dispatcher.
When asked if an ambulance was required, the caller says: "Uh, no. I don’t think, like I said, I don’t think he had shot anybody. He just shooting in the air. And he shot another one in the ground."
Blevins was fatally shot by two police officers, Ryan Kelly and Justin Schmidt, after a short chase that ended in an alleyway between Aldrich and Bryant avenues at North 48th Avenue on June 23.
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The two officers are on leave pending a full investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, with investigators saying a gun was recovered at the scene.
Police union leaders say the investigation will show Blevins refused to drop the gun, but his death has sparked protests over another killing of a black man by Twin Cities police.
Here's the full transcript – some sections are inaudible while others have been redacted.
Operator: 911. What is the address of –
Caller: Uh, yeah [redacted] there’s a guy walking around shooting off his gun and he looks intoxicated and um, that’s just not safe around here.
Operator: When the person –
Caller: He uh, light skinned –
Caller: He just blew off a shot like 5 minutes ago and before that he got off another shot 20 minutes ago.
Operator: Is he shooting at people or into the air?
Caller: No. Just in the air and at the ground.
Caller: He’s shooting in the air and he’s shooting at the ground.
Operator: Okay, one moment.
Operator: Is anybody shot or is it just that he is being reckless with the gun?
Caller: There’s like three people, three kids (inaudible) neighborhood walking around with a drink, like he drinking and shooting a gun (inaudible-muffled).
Operator: I’m sorry. Your phone is cutting in and out. Can you hear me okay?
Caller: Yeah. I can hear you.
Operator: Okay, Describe the gun.
Caller: Uhhhh. It’s like a Nine. A silver 9 millimeter. if I’m not mistaken. It’s chrome at the top but um he’s uh he’s like 6 feet, light skin. He gotta bald –
Operator: Hang on. Hang on. I’ll get a description in a second. Where is he now?
Caller: Uh. Walking up (inaudible).
Operator: Your phone's cutting out.
Caller: He’s walking up 46th and Bryant and he was (inaudible) like he was walking towards Lyndale.
Operator: So he was going eastbound on 46th?
Caller: Uh. Like they (inaudible) –
Operator: Towards (inaudible) –
Caller: He was going northbound. Yeah. He’s going northbound on [redacted] Bryant. Going up towards the numbers on Bryant. He walking at uh, 46th. He was walking up the numbers and uh and I think he live in the neighb –
Operator: So he was northbound on Bryant from what street?
Caller: Uh, 46th and Bryant. And he’s walking back and forth to Lyndale. He’s walking back and forth.
Operator: Okay. I need to get his description. Do you know his name?
Caller: Uh, no. I don’t know his name, um, I just know he’s [redacted] like 6 feet, ah, he got like a bald head tapered. He got a –
Operator: How old does he look to be? –
Caller: He have a wife beater. Uh, like almost 36. 35. He got a wife beater on. He walking around with a back pack. A black back pack.
Operator: What color is the tank top?
Caller: Uh. I believe it is white or grey. Cause when he let of the shot, I left! I ran!
Operator: Right. And you said he was like 35, 36?
Caller: Yeah, like 35, 36. He had no facial hair. He had a bald head taper with designs in it.
Operator: Yep. Yep. You told me. Is he thin, medium or heavy?
Caller: Um. Like 180.
Operator: Are you or anybody else in danger right now?
Operator: Can you see him from where you’re at?
Operator: [Redacted] I’m just asking if you can see him from where you are.
Caller: Oh. No. I cannot see him from where I’m at.
Operator: Does anybody need an ambulance?
Caller: Uh, no. I don’t think, like I said, I don’t think he had shot anybody. He just shooting in the air. And he shot another one in the ground. By the time he shot the second one in the ground, I [Redacted] And didn’t look back.
Operator: Okay. How do you know he was drunk?
Caller: Uh, because he had a big bottle of Amsterdam on him.
Operator: Okay. He was carrying it around with him?
Caller: Yes he was. He got a (inaudible). He got a (inaudible). (Inaudible) and we all seen him do it (inaudible) shot and that’s why everybody started running away. Made (inaudible) jump, man! You gotta move around before he shoots somebody!
Caller: He let off that second shot and everybody started running!
Operator: Alright. Don’t approach him. An officer will be dispatched –
Caller: Oh, I’m not!
Operator: – as soon as possible.
Operator: Did you want the police to come and talk to you or just try and find him?
Caller: Oh. No, no, no, no ma’am! I don’t want to be labelled as a snitch. Could be killed doing s**t like this. Please do not send no cops. Don’t say my name. I just want to be (inaudible).
Operator: I won’t. I understand. I haven’t asked your name. Can you confirm your phone number for me please?
Operator: I’m sorry your phones cutting out. Hello?
Caller: (muffled talking in the background)
Operator: Can you hear me?
Caller: Yeah. Can you hear me?
Operator: Can you confirm your phone number for me please?
Caller: I don’t know my phone number ma’am.
Operator: I already have it. I just have to ask you to confirm it.
Caller: (Inaudible) I don’t want to give it to you. If you already got it…I be knowing so much right now, I don’t, I don’t –
Operator: Okay. If anything changes or you have any further information.
Caller: Okay. Thank you.
Operator: You’re welcome. Bye-Bye.