The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating after a man was shot by a Saint Paul police officer Saturday, Nov. 28. The man is currently being treated at Regions Hospital and is in stable condition.
The incident occurred at about 9:15 p.m. on the 1000 block of Rice Street, in the city’s North End neighborhood. Officers had been looking for the man in connection to a domestic incident and vehicle crash that happened about an hour and a half earlier near the intersection of Rice Street and Maryland Avenue West.
They eventually found him hiding in a dumpster in an alley behind a funeral home on Rice Street. Preliminary information gathered from supervisors who were called to the scene after the shooting indicates that officers attempted to talk the man out of the dumpster. In addition, they also deployed PepperBall, which is a powdered chemical that irritates the eyes and nose in a manner similar to pepper spray.
At some point, the man climbed out of the dumpster and ran toward officers, according to preliminary information. Officers deployed Tasers and a K9 in an effort to stop him, and one officer shot the man, who was struck at least twice. Officers called for St. Paul Fire medics and rendered aid.
No officers were injured and all who were involved in the incident will be placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.
Per police department policy, the BCA is conducting the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident. Once the investigation is complete, it will be forwarded to the county attorney for review.
Any further information about this incident, including the names of the people involved, will be released by the BCA. At this time, no further details are currently available.