Unrest erupts after man dies in Minneapolis arrest attempt
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Crowds vandalized buildings and stole from businesses in Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood after officials said a man wanted for illegally possessing a gun was fatally shot by authorities.
Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder said in an email to reporters early Friday that people vandalized “numerous” buildings and looted some. A dumpster was burned and windows were smashed. Arrest totals weren’t immediately available.
Authorities did not immediately release the name of the man killed in Thursday afternoon’s shooting, but a woman who was in a longtime relationship with him identified him as Winston Boogie Smith Jr., a 32-year-old father of three.
Authorities said Friday that members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force were trying to arrest Smith on a warrant for illegally carrying a firearm when he was shot by a deputy from Hennepin County and a deputy from Ramsey County. The shooting is still under investigation.