MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension identified local agencies involved after investigation US Marshals task force killed man they were trying to arrest on Thursday in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. WCCO has now learned that the man killed was Winston Boogie Smith, 32.
The fatal encounter occurred at around 2:10 p.m. Thursday on a Lake Street parking ramp between Fremont and Hennepin avenues. There, Marshals Service officials said the shot was wanted “under a state arrest warrant” for being a felon in possession of a gun.
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Members of the task force, in several vehicles, confronted the man on the ramp, who was sitting with a woman in a parked car. The man refused to surrender and drew a gun, officials said, prompting several members of the task force to open fire.
The Minnesota BCA, which is leading the investigation into the case, said a Hennepin County Sheriff’s Assistant and a Ramsey County Sheriff’s Assistant working on the task force unloaded their guns and beat Smith.
According to BCA, the evidence indicates that Smith fired his gun from inside the car and a handgun was recovered from the scene. Used bushings were also found inside the driver’s compartment.
Smith died despite rescue measures taken at the scene. Her 27-year-old passenger was injured by shards of glass and was treated at Hennepin County Medical Center for her injuries.
The Minneapolis Police Department said it was not involved in the shooting.
According to information gathered by WCCO, Smith was convicted of aggravated theft in 2017, received a suspended prison sentence and was put on probation. Smith was also convicted of a felony in Ramsey County for possession of firearms, for which he did not appear for sentencing on May 19. As a result, this arrest warrant was issued.
The US Marshals Service does not allow the use of body cameras for officers of its North Star Fugitive Task Force. BCA says there is no patrol car footage of the incident.
The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office said the deputy involved was put on administrative leave, which is standard procedure. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office also said his deputy was placed on standard paid administrative leave.
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The man killed by law enforcement Thursday in Uptown was Winston Boogie Smith.
An arrest warrant was issued after he skipped a probation violation hearing, which allegedly sent him to jail.
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He recently released a song for his children called “Goodbye”, possibly due to a prison sentence. pic.twitter.com/UrzfbU1Oda
– Guy Still (@mplstvguy) June 4, 2021
A crowd gathered at the scene, waiting to get more information about the shooting. Two groups of peace activists – We Push For Peace and A Mother’s Love – were also present to defuse conflicts should they arise.
Most of the crowd had dispersed around 6 p.m., but a crowd returned just after 9:15 p.m., shortly after investigators left the scene and reopened Lake Street to traffic. People pulled the tape from the crime scene, then dragged a dumpster into the middle of the busy street and set it on fire.
Some businesses along Lake Street were looted and vandalized overnight.
The owner of Hennepin Lake Liquor said he saw looters attempting to break into his store with his security camera, but police responded quickly and made arrests. Last year, he said his business suffered $ 1 million in damage as a result of the unrest after the murder of George Floyd. Since then, he said he has added new security measures.
Minneapolis Police spokesman John Elder said nine people were arrested on Friday. Elder says no CS gas or 40mm marking shells were used at any time of the night, but noted that officers used other non-lethal methods to disperse the crowd.
GOING NOW – Police left around 9:15 p.m. and reopened Lake St. and protesters quickly shut it down again, pulling trash cans and dumpsters into the street and setting one on fire #wcco @WCCO pic.twitter.com/oyPlKYXnzS
– Marielle Mohs (@MarielleMohs) June 4, 2021
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The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will conduct the investigation.