Police shoot and kill motorist following south metro pursuit

Witness says man was running away when he was shot

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September 08, 2019 - 6:45 am
Officer-involved shooting in Richfield

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Edina and Richfield police say one man was shot and killed by officers following a chase Saturday night in the south metro.

The man has been identified as Brian J. Quinones, 30, of Richfield.

He posted an apology on social media and livestreamed the pursuit, appearing calm while driving with police lights flashing, then stopping the car and getting out.

Seconds later, a flurry of gunshots are heard, as well as shouting about the incident.

Before leaving the car, it appeared Quinones reached down with his left hand, which flashes in front of the camera holding an object that resembles a knife.

According to a statement, officers from both agencies responded to the call and no offers were hurt.

"I heard, like, 18 shots," said Tyesha Drake, who lives near the site of the shooting and was walking her dog when she saw a car pursued by police pull over on 77th Street.

"They were saying 'get down, get down!" she said. "The guy just got out of the car, scared, and ran, and they shot him in his back. Just shot that man down, dead."

The pursuit reportedly began Saturday evening in Edina and ended near the intersection of 77th Street East and Chicago Avenue in Richfield at 10:22 p.m.

Edina city officials tell WCCO television that they're aware of a video posted on Facebook that may have been taken by the man in the car during the chase. 

Following the shooting, dozens of people gathered at the site of the shooting, some of them yelling at police for using lethal force.

On Sunday night, people gathered at the site for a candlelight vigil for Quinones.

There are reports that the man who was shot was wielding a knife.

"He had no weapons, for sure," said Clark. "I feel unsafe in Richfield. I'm scared, I got anxiety now. Just nervous to go outside. Especially, not trying to be funny, but, because I'm a person of color.  I mean, it is what it is."

The identity of the officers invovled in the shooting are not released.

The statement from the two police department added that the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is leading the investigation, and included the following:

“The Edina and Richfield Police Departments express our thoughts and prayers to all those involved in this tragic incident.”

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