BCA names two officers who shot Thurman Blevins

Both officers are on paid administrative leave.  

Edgar Linares
June 26, 2018 - 4:41 pm

Jared Goyette, WCCO Radio

Investigators have released the names of the two Minneapolis officers who shot and killed a black man who police say had a gun.   

According to the  Minnesota Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Thurman Blevins Jr. was fatally shot Saturday by Officer Ryan Kelly and Officer Justin Schmidt after a foot chase through a north Minneapolis alley on Saturday,  June 23. Both officers are on paid administrative leave.  

Kelly has been with the department since 2013 and Schmidt joined in 2014.   

Authorities say Kelly and Schmidt were responding to reports of a man firing a gun outside.

They arrived to find Blevins sitting on a curb. The head of the police union has said Blevins refused orders to drop the gun and pulled it out before he was shot.  Some community members have said Blevins was not armed and was shot while running away. Body camera footage of the shooting hasn't been released.