St. Paul PD to release footage of officer-involved shooting next week

Little Canada man Ronald Davis was killed in the Sunday shooting.
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Footage taken from body cameras worn by the St. Paul officer involved in a fatal shooting on Sunday will be released next week.

St. Paul police chief Todd Axtell confirmed Friday afternoon that the footage will be released by his department on Tuesday.

The release will come after police have given the family of 31-year-old Ronald Davis, of Little Canada, the opportunity to view the footage, as well as "pertinent parts of the investigation" being wrapped up by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Davis was shot dead in the Midway neighborhood after an altercation with St. Paul PD Officer Steven Mattson, which came shortly after Davis had rear-ended Mattson's squad car.

The BCA revealed the following details about the lead-up to Davis' shooting.

Officer Mattson was on patrol at 5:50 p.m. Sunday and had just stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of Thomas Avenue West and Griggs Street when a vehicle driven by Davis rear-ended Mattson’s squad.

"Both men exited their vehicles, at which time Davis confronted Officer Mattson with a knife. Davis ignored repeated commands to drop the knife. At one point during the encounter Officer Mattson discharged his firearm, striking Davis.

Davis was pronounced dead at the scene despite lifesaving measures from responders, with BCA crime scene personnel recovering a knife from next to Davis' body.

WCCO reports that Davis had completed a 6-week maintenance and facilities training course just two days before he was killed, with his family saying he was "respectful and had a big heart." 

The release of the footage will come before any footage has been released from an earlier fatal police shooting, that of Brian Quinones in Richfield on Sept. 7.

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is investigating that shooting, but no sign has been given as to when the footage will be released.

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