Yesterday afternoon St. Paul police responded to a call at 3:20 p.m. about a man who was waving a rifle around at 411 White Bear Ave.
"It could've been the yard, the porch, the doorway, but he was seen by residents [waving a rifle], which gave great concern to the neighborhood," St. Paul Sgt. Paul Paulos told reporters.
When police arrived the man retreated into his house and a standoff began.
Paulos confirmed the man was white and the Ramsey County Medical Examiner will identify him within the next couple days. Neighbors told the Star Tribune before police showed up that in addition to waving a rifle around, he was shirtless wearing a bulletproof vest, drinking beer, and screaming incoherently.
A SWAT team and police negotiators were brought in and after more than an hour of negotiation police tried to take him down with non-lethal beanbag bullets. When those failed to subdue him officers shot and killed him.
Four officers involved have been placed on administrative leave while the investigation shakes out, according to Paulos. They have been with the St. Paul police for 16, 12, 9, and 5 years.
Paulos originally said the man exchanged gunfire with police, but later backed off that claim.
"We are now looking into whether or not shots were actually fired by the suspect. There's so much going on, and it was so fluid at the time it's unclear if he shot or if he didn't shoot," said Paulos.
He asked any witnesses or people with video of the incident to call the St. Paul homicide unit at 651-266-5650.
This is the second time someone has been killed by St. Paul police this year. Marcus Golden, a 24-year-old black man, was shot in January after police say he drove his SUV at two officers.
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