FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – A man was fatally shot by police in Minnesota on Wednesday night while inside a car with a woman and a child, an official said.
St. Anthony Police interim police chief Jon Mangseth told reporters at a news conference that the incident began when an officer from his agency initiated a traffic stop around 9 p.m. Wednesday in Falcon Heights, a St. Paul suburb.
“I do not have a lot of information right now as to what the reason for the traffic stop was or what the circumstances were,” Mangseth said.
The St. Anthony Police Department issued a statement early Thursday morning saying the man had died. Mangseth told reporters the woman and child weren’t hurt.
A video posted Wednesday night on Facebook Live appeared to show an incident like the one police described. The video showed a woman sitting in a car with a man whose shirt appeared to be soaked in blood and who was quietly slumped in a seat. The woman says an officer shot her boyfriend.
A person who appeared to be an armed police officer stood at the car’s window.
The Associated Press couldn’t immediately verify the authenticity of the video. Mangseth said he had been “made aware there was a livestream on Facebook” but said he had not yet seen the video and didn’t know anything about its contents.
In the video, the woman says the officer asked her boyfriend for his license and registration. She says man told the officer it was in his wallet but that he also had a pistol he was licensed to carry.
“The officer said, ‘Don’t move,'” the woman in the video says. “As he was putting his hands back up, the officer shot him in the arm four or five times.”
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has been called to investigate, Mangseth said. No officers were injured, he said, adding he wasn’t sure how many officers fired.
The police department statement did not elaborate on what led to the shooting.
By early Thursday morning, scores of people had gathered at the scene of the shooting, and some were shouting angrily, the Star Tribune reported.