The Chicago-based Gangster Disciples gang is furious that St. Paul police last week killed Victor Gaddy, a leader of the Twin Cities chapter of the gang, KSTP reports. So the gang has threatened to kill a Minneapolis or St. Paul police officer in retaliation, the station says. Police have heard separate reports about the hit, and now all 1,400 officers in the two cities are on "high alert," KSTP says.
Police had been tracking Gaddy, 41, because they had information he was delivering crack cocaine, the Pioneer Press reported. A criminal complaint notes that drugs were found in his car, the newspaper said. Gaddy used his car to ram unmarked squad cars prior to officers shooting him on Oct. 23. St. Paul police had been assisting Minneapolis police in the drug case, the Pioneer Press says.
Gaddy's 20-year-old nephew was in the car at the time and says he was not using the car as a weapon, as police say. The St. Paul NAACP has questioned the official version of what led up to the shooting, the Pioneer Press reported in a follow-up story.
Gaddy was the 53rd person nationwide to be killed in U.S. drug law enforcement operations this year, according to Stopthedrugwar.org.