EDINA, Minn. – Police near Minneapolis were involved in a fatal shooting of a driver following a chase after the suspect apparently emerged from his car holding a knife and refused their commands to drop it. The chase started late Saturday night in Edina and ended in Richfield with officers shooting the man, Brian J. Quinones, who had streamed himself live on Facebook during the chase. (See below.)
Police responded after Quinones ran a red light and wouldn’t yield to officers trying to stop him, The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. According to emergency dispatch audio, Quinones continued running through red lights in Richfield.
After police forced the car to stop, Quinones got out holding what appears in the video to be a large knife in his left hand. In the dispatch audio, officers can be heard yelling, “Drop the knife. Drop the knife.” Shots can then be heard before they say, “Shots fired. Shots fired.”
Quinones seemed calm and expressionless during the chase, sometimes glancing in the rearview mirror. Just before the livestream, he posted on Facebook, “So sorry.”
No officers were hurt. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating and declined comment Sunday.
Video published by Daily Mail:
“The Edina and Richfield Police Departments express our thoughts and prayers to all those involved in this tragic incident,” the departments said in a joint release.
Extremely heated scene here in Richfield, where dozens of officers are lining the scene of a fatal police shooting behind an apartment complex. A man’s body is visible under a white bag along the median. Residents are screaming at police. pic.twitter.com/pjpAERpun1
— Liz Sawyer (@ByLizSawyer) September 8, 2019
A crowd gathered at the scene after the fatal shooting, which happened behind an apartment complex. Some in the crowd shouted at the police as dozens of officers lined up behind police tape to keep order.