- Associated Press - Monday, June 25, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Latest on the fatal shooting of a black man by Minneapolis police (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

A man who lives in the north Minneapolis neighborhood where police fatally shot a black man says he heard officers yell, “Drop the gun!” multiple times before a series of gunshots.

After the shots stopped Saturday, Robert Lang then came out from behind his garage and saw a man lying in a pool of blood at the end of his driveway, with a gun just a couple of feet away.

Lang says he then saw an officer approach and kick the gun away from the person on the ground.

Authorities are investigating after 31-year-old Thurman Blevins Jr. of Minneapolis was shot and killed by police after a foot chase in an alley.

But some people who say they saw the shooting unfold said Blevins didn’t have a gun.

Authorities say the shooting was caught on officers’ body cameras, but the video hasn’t been released.


9:45 a.m.

Authorities say a black man who was killed by Minneapolis police officers over the weekend had been shot multiple times and died as a result of those gunshot wounds.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner ruled Monday that the death of 31-year-old Thurman Blevins Jr. of Minneapolis was a homicide.

Blevins was shot Saturday afternoon in an alley in north Minneapolis.

State investigators say officers responded to at least one report of a man firing a handgun. Investigators say that as officers approached, Blevins ran away with a black and silver gun. Officers ran after him and shot him.

But some people who say they saw the shooting unfold said Blevins didn’t have a gun.

Authorities say the officers’ body-worn cameras recorded the shooting. That video has not been released.


7:15 a.m.

Hundreds of people in Minneapolis have been demonstrating after police fatally shot a black man.

City leaders have sought to calm protests over the death of 31-year-old Thurman Blevins Jr.

Mayor Jacob Frey attended a vigil nearing the shooting scene that drew about 250 people Sunday evening. Police Chief Medaria Arradondo appeared at a demonstration where about 300 people assembled earlier in the day at a police precinct.

Both Frey and Arradondo vowed the investigation would be fair and transparent. Police say Blevins was firing a handgun into the air and ground Saturday night when police were called.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating. The agency says Blevins ran from officers while holding a gun, was pursued and shot. Some witnesses say Blevins did not have a gun.


Read the full story about the Minneapolis police shooting: https://apnews.com/7f45fd2a026f43c687a6fa1cfcf51752

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