4 St. Paul police officers are on leave after Monday's fatal shooting


Four St. Paul police officers are on standard administrative following Monday's shooting that left a man dead.

The incident happened early that morning when officers fired shots at a man they said had a gun.

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the man is 33-year-old Jaffort Demont Smith of St. Paul, and the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office says he died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Four officers are said to have fired their weapons and will be on leave as the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigates.

  • Officer John Corcoran – 18 years with the department
  • Officer Mark Grundhauser – four years with the department
  • Officer Jeffery Korus – five years with the department
  • Officer Michael Tschida – six years with the department

The latest details

According to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension:

St. Paul police got a call Monday morning regarding a man with a gun. Officials responded to Rapid Recovery Towing – an impound lot on Acker Street – around 3:30 a.m.

Based on their preliminary investigation, officials say a woman – a 49-year-old from St. Paul – had entered the business, followed by Smith. Then Smith flashed a gun and took the woman outside.

When officers arrived, they found the two near the intersection of Acker Street East and Buffalo Street. Then, police say Smith shot the woman and fled.

Officers chased Smith to the backyard of a home, where he ignored officers' orders and shot at police. That's when officers fired at Smith.

The woman was taken to Regions Hospital, and she's still there as of Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators are looking into whether or not Smith and the woman had a relationship of any kind.

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