St Paul Mayor Melvin Carter calls for release of footage in police shooting

"The 911 call and the body cam footage belong to the city of St. Paul"

Edgar Linares
August 07, 2018 - 8:15 pm

By Edgar Linares

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St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter called for the release of body cam footage from Sunday’s deadly police shooting of William “Billy” Hughes, and police chief Todd Axtell said it will be released in the next 10 days.

Hughes, 43, was shot and killed early Sunday morning at an apartment building on the 900 block of St. Anthony Avenue in St. Paul's Summit-University neighborhood. Police were dispatched to the complex after 911 calls of shots fired were received. Since the shooting, very few details have been released, but police did say police body worn cameras were recording.

“At some point during the encounter the officers fired their weapons and Mr. Hughes was ultimately pronounced dead at the scene,” said Mayor Carter.

The two officers involved in the shooting, Matthew Jones and Vincent Adams are now standard administrative leave and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has taken over the investigation.

Mayor Carter says a transparent and timely investigation is a priority.

“While the BCA has assumed the lead role in the investigation the 911 call and the body cam footage belong to the city of St. Paul, to our community members and to our taxpayers. Without question it will be released at some point,” said Carter.

Carter said the footage would be released after the BCA has interviewed all key witnesses and Hughes's family has seen the police footage.

On Wednesday night, Mayor Carter will hold a gathering at the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center at 270 N Kent St. in St. Paul for anyone needing support. The event begins at 6 pm.