- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The man accused of shooting five men protesting the death of a black man by Minneapolis police has testified he was acting in self-defense.

Twenty-four-year-old Allen Scarsella took the witness stand Monday and said a group of protesters were shouting threats at him as he walked away from the larger demonstration outside the 4th Precinct station in November 2015. Scarsella says a protester had already punched him in the face and he feared the men intended to hurt him some more, so he fired in self-defense.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports Scarsella testified he fired first at a man holding what he thought was a knife and couldn’t remember how many shots he fired.

Prosecutors allege Scarsella, who is white, shot and wounded five black men protesting the shooting death of Jamar Clark by Minneapolis police.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org

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