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Woman Dies After an Officer-Involved Shooting

July 16, 2017 06:21 PM

(KSTP) -- Minneapolis police have confirmed an officer-involved shooting on the 5100 block of Washburn Avenue South late Saturday night.

Police say officers were dispatched to a trouble call at around 11:27 p.m. Saturday. There, an officer-involved shooting ensued that resulted in the death of an adult female.

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The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the matter. A release from the BCA Sunday morning said two Minneapolis police officers responded to a 911 call regarding a possible assault just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

At one point, an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking an adult woman. According to the release, the officers' body cameras were not turned on at the time and the squad camera did not capture the incident.

The release said the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Officer will conduct an autopsy on the woman and release her identity and cause of death once that has been completed and the family has been notified.

Both the medical examiner's office and the BCA were at the scene early Sunday.

The BCA release said the investigation into the incident was in its early stages and that investigation is not expected to be completed Sunday.

In a statement Sunday afternoon, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges asked the BCA to release as much information in a timely manner as it can.

"There are still many questions about what took place, and while the investigation is still in its early stages, I am asking the BCA to release as much information, as quickly as they are able to," Hodges said. "My understanding, from the BCA’s initial statement, is that the officers’ body cameras were not turned on at the time of the incident and the squad camera did not capture the incident. I intend to learn more."

The full text of Hodges' statement: 

Late last night, an officer-involved shooting occurred in the 13th ward, following a 911 call that two Minneapolis police officers responded to on the 5100 block of Washburn Avenue South. Tragically, a woman was fatally shot when one of the officers discharged their weapon.

Immediately following notification of this incident, Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo contacted the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The BCA has been and continues to be, in the lead investigating this officer-involved shooting incident. There are still many questions about what took place, and while the investigation is still in its early stages, I am asking the BCA to release as much information, as quickly as they are able to.

My understanding, from the BCA's initial statement, is that the officers' body cameras were not turned on at the time of the incident and the squad camera did not capture the incident. I intend to learn more.

As Mayor of our City, a wife, and a grandmother, I am heartsick and deeply disturbed by what occurred last night.

My thoughts are now with everyone affected by this tragic incident, especially the deceased woman and her family. The City will continue to provide updated information on this incident, and the BCA's investigation, as soon as we have it.


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