St. Paul police shoot, kill suspect
-- Update at bottom --
Around 6:20 this morning in an area of Plato Boulevard and Wabasha Street, St. Paul police shot and killed a suspect.
It's unclear at this point why police wanted to apprehend the man in the first place, but multiple witness reports indicate the man was throwing rocks and trying to punch officers before he charged at one of them and was gunned down.
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Here's what the St. Paul PD said about the incident on Twitter:
We are currently invest.an OIS. Off. not injuried ,susp. deceased.No further info. at this time.Plse follow us onTwitter info. #PWOIS-- St. Paul Police PIO (@sppdPIO) August 28, 2014
We reached out to the PD's two public information officers for more information, but haven't heard back as this is published. A press conference outside the PD's headquarters is scheduled for 1 p.m. today.
Here are tweets from reporters who were at the scene:
Police have Wabasha at Plato blocked off pic.twitter.com/nXkbOZIfSH-- Nicole Norfleet (@stribnorfleet) August 28, 2014
A witness told Fox 9 it was a homeless man who was shot near the Holiday station on St. Paul's west side. pic.twitter.com/5ClfFadwud-- FOX 9 News (@MyFOX9) August 28, 2014
Body of the suspect appears to still be out here in the street next to Holiday gas station pic.twitter.com/WN2B6GpR1B-- Nicole Norfleet (@stribnorfleet) August 28, 2014
Hearse just left scene of officer-involved shooting. pic.twitter.com/MTQzs4lByA-- Mara Gottfried (@MaraGottfried) August 28, 2014
They are hosing down the street where the suspect was killed pic.twitter.com/QeL8H3ehjU-- Nicole Norfleet (@stribnorfleet) August 28, 2014
Police are still collecting evidence down Wabasha St after they fatally shot a man earlier today. pic.twitter.com/QBwq0P1Nbk-- Mara Gottfried (@MaraGottfried) August 28, 2014
:::: UPDATE ::::
During this afternoon's presser, police, citing a 911 transcript, said the man who was shot by officers this morning was walking down a street wielding a pipe and bashing in windows. At one point a caller said he was "smashing [a] school bus."
The suspect, who was described as Mexican, appeared to be high on something, the caller said.
Officers say the man confronted them with a large rock when they arrived at the scene.
Chief: lucky man didn't hurt citizens or officers. "You don't always have to have a firearm or a knife to hurt someone."-- Marino Eccher (@MarinoEccher) August 28, 2014
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