Crime Two sheriff's deputies fatally shot man during arrest attempt, prompting new wave of unrest in Minneapolis
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Two sheriff's deputies fatally shot a man Thursday afternoon during an arrest attempt in Minneapolis, prompting protests and public outcry to release footage of the shooting.
While authorities did not immediately release the man's name, family and friends identified him as Winston Boogie Smith, a 32-year-old father of three.
The U.S. Marshals Service said in a statement sent to USA TODAY that its task force was trying to arrest the man on a state warrant for illegal possession of a firearm. The man, who was parked in a car, "failed to comply with officers’ commands" and "produced a handgun resulting in task force members firing upon the subject," according to the statement.
12-year-old, 14-year-old open fire at deputies
A 14-year-old girl is seriously hurt after she and a 12-year-old boy allegedly armed themselves with stolen guns and opened fire on deputies. The children, who reportedly ran away from a children’s group home hours earlier, allegedly broke into an empty house Tuesday night, which the homeowner said was stocked with an AK-47, a handgun, a shotgun and a large amount of ammunition, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.
Two sheriff's deputies — one from Hennepin County and one from Ramsey County — were involved in the shooting, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is leading the investigation. State investigators said a handgun and spent cartridge found inside the car indicate that the man also fired his gun.
No video footage of the incident has been released.
Man who killed Southern California deputy had arrest warrant
YUCCA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — The man who shot and killed a Southern California sheriff's deputy after an attempted traffic stop this week in a desert community east of Los Angeles had a warrant out for his arrest, authorities said. Bilal Winston Shabazz was being sought on a no-bail warrant out of Los Angeles County, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said. Shabazz, 29, was killed in shootout with deputies near Yucca Valley on Monday. Shabazz was riding a motorcycle without a license plate when deputies tried to pull him over, sheriff's officials said. He sped away, ditched the bike and ran into open desert.
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said there is no squad camera footage of the shooting, and the U.S. Marshals Service does not allow body cameras for officers on this task force.
Task force members attempted life-saving measures, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene, the statement said. A female occupant of the car was treated for minor injuries due to glass debris.
As word of the shooting spread, a crowd of protesters formed Thursday afternoon. While some shouted expletives at police, the crowd largely remained peaceful.
People later vandalized “numerous” buildings and looted others, Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder said Friday. A dumpster was also set on fire.
Nine people were arrested on charges that ranged from arson, assault and damage to property, police said.
Smith's family planned a Friday rally near the shooting site to demand immediate release of bodycam footage,. The family is also calling for the names of the officers to be released, according to the newspaper.
Florida group home calls shootout 'result of the system failing our children'
The Florida group home -- and the juvenile justice system -- are now in the spotlight. The children ran away Tuesday evening and then allegedly broke into an empty house, which the homeowner said was stocked with an AK-47, a handgun, a shotgun and a large amount of ammunition, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.
Smith's friends and family members have been posting photos, tributes to him and memories on what appears to be Smith's Facebook page.
"I hate that I have to be out here again,". "And not because they just killed another black man.. but because that black man was my friend. A father. A brother. OUR friend."
Smith was an aspiring musician, actor and comedian,page. The Star Tribune reported Smith had gained a local following through online comedy sketches.
Minneapolis has been on edge since last year's death of, a Black man who was pinned to ground by Minneapolis police officer , who was convicted in April of murder and manslaughter. Protests also followed the fatal police shooting of Black motorist Daunte Wright in the nearby suburb of Brooklyn Center in April.
Before the Thursday shooting, tensions were rising asaround a Minneapolis intersection informally called George Floyd Square, where community members and activists left artwork and flowers in a memorial to Floyd.
Unrest erupts after man dies in Minneapolis arrest attempt
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Crowds vandalized buildings and stole from businesses in Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood after officials said a man wanted for illegally possessing a gun was fatally shot by authorities who were part of a task force trying to arrest him that included U.S. Marshals. Following the Thursday afternoon shooting, a small crowd gathered in the neighborhood where the man was shot, shouting expletives at police. Later in the night,Following the Thursday afternoon shooting, a small crowd gathered in the neighborhood where the man was shot, shouting expletives at police.
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Deputies who fatally shot man in Minneapolis were undercover .
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The two sheriff's deputies who shot and killed a Black man during an arrest attempt by a U.S. Marshals Service task force in Minneapolis were working undercover at the time so their names will not be released, state investigators said Wednesday. Winston Boogie Smith Jr., 32, of St. Paul, was killed last Thursday as authorities were trying to arrest him on a weapons violation in Minneapolis' Uptown neighborhood. The U.S. Marshals Service said he was wanted for allegedly being a felon in possession of a firearm and that Smith, who was in a parked vehicle, didn’t comply and “produced a handgun resulting in task force members firing upon the subject.