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What we know, don't know about the deadly police shooting in Minneapolis

The exchange of gunfire happened outside a Holiday gas station in south Minneapolis.
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Details are still coming in about a deadly encounter involving Minneapolis police that left a man dead outside a Holiday gas station on the city's South Side. 

With many questions yet to be unanswered, here's a roundup of what we do know, what Minneapolis police has said, and what we don't know about the encounter. 

What we know

A man died after an encounter with Minneapolis police near the Holiday gas station at East 36th St. and Cedar Ave. S. shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday.

MPD spokesman John Elder said the officers are members of a Community Response Team that focuses on high-crime areas of the city where drugs and prostitution are problems. 

Dispatch audio, which does not always tell the full story, reveals an officer saying "Shots fired officer needs help!" 

The officer then requests medics to the scene, indicating that the incident happened on the "north side of the parking lot next to the car wash."

"Everybody keep bodycams on," another officer can be heard saying in the audio. 

The shooting led to a crowd of an estimated 100 people gathering around the scene, some of whom were chanting "f*** the police." It prompted an enhanced police presence, with MPD Chief Medaria Arradondo saying this was to preserve the scene and prevent "destructive criminal behavior" in the event the protests turned into civil unrest.

Arradondo said his department will release bodycam footage of the shooting on Thursday afternoon.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has taken over the investigation. 

What MPD says happened

Elder said the fatal shooting followed an "exchange of gunfire" with the victim, who police described as a "felony suspect." It came after officers initiated a traffic stop.

A female passenger that was in the vehicle with the victim was not injured, nor were any police or bystanders. 

In a later press conference, Arradondo said that "initial witness statements indicate that the subject involved in this felony stop fired first at Minneapolis police officers, who then exchanged gunfire with the suspect."

This has yet to be officially confirmed by Minneapolis PD, but will possibly be Thursday afternoon when the bodycam footage is released.

The department has not issued an official press release as of this writing, nor has the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

What we don't know

The victim's identity and race have not been identified, nor is it clear what crime the victim may have committed to be considered a felony suspect. 

As stated, it's not been officially confirmed who shot first.

We don't know what led to the reported gunfire, nor is it known if there was any communication between the subject and police before shots were fired. 

The identities of the officers involved have not yet been released, with this usually occurring in the days after a death or shooting involving police.

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