No charges for St. Paul officers in shooting death of Billy Hughes

- No charges will be filed against the St. Paul Police Department officers involved in the shooting death of William “Billy” Hughes on Aug. 5, the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office announced Friday. 

On Aug. 5, officers responded to a 911 call of shots fired in Hughes’ housing complex on the 900 block of St. Anthony Avenue. The 45-year-old was armed with a handgun when he was shot and killed by officers Matthew Jones and Vincent Adams on Aug. 5. 

The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office concluded the use of force by officers Matthew Jones and Vincent Adams was justified. 

Both officers were wearing body cameras at the time of the shooting. The two body camera videos were released to the public in August. 

In the videos, officers Adams and Jones walk inside a screened-in porch. A man's voice can heard saying, "I will kill you." When Hughes walks out onto the porch, he is seen holding a gun. The officers command him to put his hands up. While still holding the gun, Hughes makes an upward sweeping motion and the officers fire.

The case file is expected to be released Friday afternoon. 

Statement from St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter

I support County Attorney Choi’s decision to forego charges against Officers Adams and Jones, who were called to respond to a situation most of us will fortunately never encounter. This tragedy has touched our entire city. My heart goes out to Mr. Hughes’ family and friends, to Officers Adams and Jones, and to all in our community who mourn the loss of Billy Hughes. Officers must make split-second decisions without the benefits of rewind or instant replay. No training nor de-escalation technique could have guaranteed a peaceful resolution to the terrifying scene portrayed on body cam footage. I thank the Saint Paul Police Department, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office for their diligent partnership to ensure our community a thorough, transparent and timely investigation.

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