Man shot dead in an exchange of fire with US police

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The footage will be released on Thursday: Cops (Representational)

Washington:

Minneapolis police shot and killed a man in a traffic obstruction on Wednesday, seven months after an officer in the same US city killed George Floyd.

It comes amid an increase in violent crime in the Midwestern city shaken by protests following Floyd’s death.

No details about the shooting victim or the officers involved were immediately available.

“Initial testimony suggests that the subject involved in this crime was first fired at Minneapolis police officers, who then exchanged shots with the suspect,” Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo said at a press conference.

Body cameras were activated during the incident and the footage would be released on Thursday, Arradondo added.

After the shooting, people gathered in front of a gas station in the south of the city and police urged people to avoid “destructive criminal behavior”.

“We want to do everything we can to protect everyone’s first adaptation rights to freely assemble and demonstrate, but I say again, we cannot allow destructive criminal behavior. Our city has been through too much,” said Arradondo.

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A passenger in the car with the shot man was uninjured, as was the affected policeman.

Floyd died on May 25 when the now-discharged officer Derek Chauvin held his knee to Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes, sparking riot across the country.

Much of the country was baffled by a viewer video in which Floyd pleaded for his life and said “I can’t breathe” before going limp and died.

Floyd’s death sparked rioting and demonstrations in Minneapolis, neighboring Saint Paul, and across the country for police mistreatment of African Americans.

(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by GossipMantri staff and posted from a syndicated feed.)

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