It was the first killing by a Minneapolis officer since George Floyd’s death in May. The chief said witnesses indicated that the man had fired first.A Minneapolis police officer killed a man in an exchange of gunfire during a traffic stop on Wednesday evening, the police chief said, the first killing by a member of the department since George Floyd’s death in May. Protesters quickly descended on the snow-covered scene, and city officials begged them not to revive the unrest that left parts of the city aflame in the spring.
Chief Medaria Arradondo said at a news conference that witness statements indicated that the man had first fired at the officers after they stopped the car he was driving around 6:15 p.m., less than a mile from where Mr. Floyd was killed. At least one officer then returned fire, he said, killing the man.
Chief Arradondo vowed to release footage from the officers’ body cameras on Thursday.