The man fatally shot Wednesday by St. Paul police has been identified by his family as 24-year-old Marcus Golden, and the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports he had made threats toward police officers just a few months ago.
Golden was being driven to jail in November when he told the officer, "I hope you get killed soon, go to hell bro," according to the police report of the incident. Golden had also been investigated on other allegations of making threats to others, according to the Pioneer Press.
St. Paul police responded early Wednesday morning to a 911 call from a woman who said she was receiving death threats from a man via text message.
Police say when they arrived on the scene at the Valley Hi-Rise apartments near Regions Hospital, Golden drove his vehicle at the officers and they fatally shot him. The officers were not injured.
Police have not said whether Golden was armed or whether he fired shots. Police said they recovered a firearm at the scene of the shooting.
The officers involved – a seven-year veteran and one who has been with the department for nearly two years – were placed on a three-day paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.
Police have not released the man's name, but a family member confirmed to the Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune that Golden was the person killed.
An uncle told the Pioneer Press Wednesday that Golden was dealing with depression after a brother and aunt died suddenly last year.
NAACP calls for independent investigation
Jeff Martin, the president of the St. Paul chapter of the NAACP, said Golden was black and is calling for an independent investigation into what happened, citing mistrust in the African American community, the Pioneer Press reports.
Wednesday's shooting is at least the 60th fatal officer-involved shooting in Minnesota since 2008, MPR News reports. Eleven of those involved St. Paul officers, at least five of those killed were black men.
Tweets from the scene Wednesday morning: