Man killed by Minnesota deputies had fired gun
Family and friends identified the man killed Thursday as Winston Boogie Smith Jr., a 32 year old father of three. Shelly Hopkins, who was in a longtime relationship with Smith, told The that despite any mistakes Smith has made, he didn deserve to be killed.”I wasn’t there.” she said of Thursday’s shooting. “I don’t know exactly what happened. But I know him. And he didn’t deserve that. The Marshals Service said in a statement Thursday that Smith, who was in a parked vehicle, didn’t comply with law enforcement and “produced a handgun resulting in task force members firing upon the subject.”The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Friday that two sheriff deputies one from Hennepin County and one from Ramsey County fired their weapons, striking Smith. The state investigators also said evidence indicates Smith fired his gun, saying a handgun and spent cartridge were found inside the car.Smith hermes micro kelly bracelet replica
died at the scene. State investigators said Smith passenger, a 27 year old woman, was treated for injuries from glass debris. Hughes said he didn know Smith to carry a gun, and Hopkins also said she didn know that he had one.Family and friends demanded transparency and called for the release of all footage from security and surveillance cameras in the area along with information about the officers involved. At an evening news conference outside the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, family members and activists said they don believe there is no video.”This man had a family, and he’s just like anybody else,” said Kidale Smith, Winston Smith’s brother. “(People) always try to pin something on a man and try to identify him as a criminal, especially if he’s Black.”Smith also questioned the police account of what happened.”You’ve got seven unmarked cars and you shoot a man in his car. You don’t even give him a chance to get out. Marshals,” he said. “You’re supposed to be highly trained men, and you can’t handle a simple situation?”According to online court records, Smith was wanted for allegedly being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2019.The felony stems from a 2017 assault and robbery of Smith’s ex girlfriend. Smith pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting first degree aggravated robbery for attacking his ex girlfriend while another woman took her purse. Smith was sentenced to two years in prison, but the prison sentence was stayed for three years, provided he didn break the law.With the felony conviction, Smith was barred from possessing a firearm. In December 2019, he was charged in Ramsey County with two counts of illegally possessing a firearm. According to the complaint, officers arrested Smith on a probation violation and found a handgun under the driver’s seat of the car he had been in earlier.Smith was also charged with fleeing police in Hennepin County last year. According to the complaint in that case, officers in Bloomington began chasing Smith at a high speed, but stopped when he started driving the wrong way on a highway.Hopkins said Smith was a spiritual man who prayed before every meal. “The two biggest things he cared about in this world was making people happy and being there for his kids,” she said.Hopkins said she knew Smith had some court issues, but said police “tried to make a case against him that didn exist.” She said Smith had been harassed by police for years and had numerous cars impounded. She said he suffered from post traumatic stress disorder from his interactions with police.After Thursday shooting, some people vandalized buildings and stole from area businesses, police said. Nine people were arrested on possible charges including suspicion of riot, assault, arson and damage to property. Graffiti reading “Mpls still hates cops” and “No trial for them” marked the building next to the parking ramp where Smith was shot.There has been tension between police and residents since the deaths of Floyd, a Black man who died last year after he was pinned to the ground by Minneapolis officers, and Wright, a Black motorist who was fatally shot in April by an officer in the nearby suburb of Brooklyn Center.Tensions in Minneapolis already had risen Thursday after crews removed concrete barriers that blocked traffic at a Minneapolis intersection that has become a memorial to Floyd. The airline said Thursday that it plans to buy 15 jets from Boom Supersonic with an option for 35 more once the start up company designs a plane that flies faster than the speed of sound while meeting safety and environmental standards. United hopes to carry passengers on the plane in 2029.