Family of 'beloved' son who was shot by police asks for calm during investigation


The family of the man fatally shot by police in St. Paul Wednesday said he was "beloved" and will be "sorely missed." They are also asking for people to remain calm while the investigation continues.

St. Paul police identified the man Thursday as 24-year-old Marcus Ryan Golden of St. Paul.

Later they identified the police officers involved in the shooting as Jeremy Doverspike, a seven-year veteran of the department, and Dan Peck, who has served in St. Paul for nearly two years, MPR News says.

Golden's mother, Ericka Cullars-Golden, who has been a reserve officer for the St. Paul Police Department for about 20 years, told the Pioneer Press he "was a really good-hearted person deep inside," but he did have some trouble with the law.

Golden had three misdemeanor convictions for illegally transporting a loaded gun, failing to produce a driver's license and driving with a suspended license, MPR News reports. Cullars-Golden told MPR her son graduated from Central High School in St. Paul and wasn't employed at the time he was shot, calling him a "beautiful son."

Golden's family also released a statement Thursday expressing their sorrow following his death, adding they are "expecting an extensive, fair and independent investigation," and asked the public to "remain calm as, together, we await the answers," FOX 9 reports.

The St. Paul Chapter of the NAACP has also called for an independent investigation into the shooting.

Details still unclear

There is still little information about what led to Golden's death.

Police said he was shot and killed early Wednesday outside the Valley Hi-Rise apartments near Regions Hospital after they got a report he'd been sending threatening text messages. They were told Golden was known to carry a weapon.

Upon arrival, shots were fired and Golden was pronounced dead.

Police haven't said whether Golden was armed or whether he fired shots. Police did say they recovered a firearm at the scene.

St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith said in a statement that "preliminary information indicates that the suspect drove his vehicle" at the two officers during the confrontation and shots were fired, reports note.

The officers, who haven't been identified, were placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol.

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