The Minneapolis Police Department released a body camera video of an officer fatally shooting an armed man on a couch after executing a no-knock warrant.
Police said they shot and killed 22-year-old Amir Locke in a downtown Minneapolis apartment, as members of the department’s SWAT team carried out a warrant related to a homicide investigation in neighboring St. Paul. Amelia Huffman, the interim Minneapolis police chief, said the man had pointed a loaded gun “in the direction of officers,” prompting one of the officers to shoot and kill the man.
The city also included a still from the video showing Locke holding the gun, his trigger finger laid aside the barrel. The top of Locke´s head is barely visible.
The video, which is graphic in nature, shows officers using a key to enter the apartment just before 6:50 a.m. Wednesday. It does not show that officers announce their presence before entering but shows several officers shouted “Police search warrant” several times upon entering.
Locke was under a blanket, seemingly sleeping on a couch when officers entered with guns drawn and flashlights on. Part of his head emerges from the blanket, and seconds later the shots were fired that killed him.
The entry to the apartment and the shooting of Locke spanned a period of mere seconds.
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Locke’s relatives say he was licensed to carry a weapon. He has no criminal history in Minnesota.
Locke was struck three times — twice in the chest and once in his right wrist, according to a medical incident report released by the city. Huffman said officers immediately provided medical aid, but Locke later died at a hospital.
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