Authorities did not immediately release the name of the man killed in the shooting Thursday afternoon, but a woman who had a long-standing relationship with him identified him as Winston Boogie Smith Jr, a 32-year-old father of three. .
The woman, Shelly Hopkins, said Smith, who was black, had been harassed by police since he was in high school. He was afraid he had been killed when he learned of the shooting and later saw his vehicle on the news. While at the scene, he received a call from the medical examiner’s office confirming his death.
“We have a very great spiritual connection, and my intuition was activated and I had a feeling,” Hopkins said. “I knew something was wrong … I didn’t want to believe it.”
Authorities said Friday that members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force were trying to arrest Smith with a warrant for illegally carrying a firearm when they shot him. The Marshals Service said in a statement Thursday that Smith, who was in a parked car, failed to comply with law enforcement and “produced a handgun that resulted in task force members firing at the subject.”
The Minnesota Office of Criminal Learning, which is leading the investigation, said Friday that two sheriff’s deputies, one from Hennepin County and one from Ramsey County, were the officers who fired their guns and struck Smith. State investigators also said evidence indicates that Smith fired his weapon, saying a pistol and a spent cartridge were found inside the car.
The U.S. Marshals Service said members of the task force attempted life-saving measures, but Smith died at the scene.
State investigators said a 27-year-old woman who was a passenger in the vehicle was taken to a hospital and treated for injuries caused by glass debris.
The U.S. Marshals Service does not allow the use of body cameras for officers in its North Star Fugitive Task Force, the Office of Criminal Apprehension said, and there are no camera footage of the shooting squad.
After Thursday’s shooting, a small crowd gathered in the neighborhood and yelled expletives at the police. Later that night, people vandalized “numerous” buildings and robbed some, Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder said. A dumpster was burned and windows were smashed.
Nine people were arrested on possible charges including suspected riot, assault, arson and property damage, police said.
On Friday, graffiti reading “Mpls still hates cops” and “No trial for them” marked the building next to the parking ramp where Smith was shot. A T-Mobile store and pharmacy a few blocks down were boarded up and closed indefinitely after their windows were smashed.
The city has been on the edge since the deaths of George Floyd, a black man who died last year after Minneapolis officers pinned him to the ground, and Daunte Wright, a black motorist who was shot and killed in April by a officer nearby. suburb of Brooklyn Center.
Before the latest riots, tensions in Minneapolis had already risen after crews removed concrete barriers blocking traffic at a Minneapolis intersection where a memorial to Floyd was erected after his death. Teams also removed artwork, flowers and other items from 38th Street and Chicago Avenue where Floyd, known informally as George Floyd Square, was killed, but community activists quickly erected makeshift barriers.
Former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death, and three other officers await trial on aiding and abetting charges. Former Brooklyn Center officer Kim Potter is charged with manslaughter in Wright’s death.