Man shot, killed by police in Richfield, Minnesota after pursuit streamed on Facebook
RICHFIELD, Minn. (FOX 9) - Officials are investigating an officer-involved shooting after police say a man with a knife confronted officers in Richfield Saturday night.
According to Edina Police, at about 10:22 p.m., a police pursuit that began in Edina ended in an officer-involved shooting near the intersection of 77th Street East and Chicago Avenue in Richfield. The incident involved officers from the Edina and Richfield Police departments.
The man was identified by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner as 30-year-old Brian Quinones.
Much of the incident was streamed live on the driver's Facebook page. The video actually starts before he is involved in the chase. At about six minutes in, officers are behind him with their lights flashing. Quinones keeps driving and appears calm throughout the situation. With an eye on the rearview mirror, he even raps a few song lyrics.
About 12 minutes into the video, he stops the car and jumps out. As he is exiting the vehicle, the video shows a flash of an object that appears to be a weapon in his hand. About ten seconds after he is out of the car, gunshots are heard on the video.
"I was watching TV and heard a pop-pop-pop-pop," recalled neighbor Mike Benson. "Next thing, I saw a bunch of police officers coming west to east right here on 77th street."
"I was standing on my balcony, saw the car screech," another neighbor further explained. "As soon as he jumped out, they opened fire. It was like they starting yelling -- at the same time they were yelling commands; they started shooting. So it was like he didn’t even have a chance to even follow any commands from what I saw."
A department spokesperson says Edina police didn't have body cameras. It's not clear if Richfield officers were wearing cameras. It's also not clear which officers fired shots during the investigation.
Police said no officers were injured during the shooting. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation.
Edina Police say the man "confronted officers with a knife," at the intersection before the man was shot.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner listed Quinones-Rosario's cause of death as a "homicide" due to "multiple gunshot wounds."
Family and friends of Quinones were distraught after Brian's death Sunday evening.
The shooting sparked protests Sunday night that briefly closed I-494 in Richfield.
Law Enforcement Labor Services, the law enforcement labor union for Richfield Police Department, issued the following statement Sunday:
It's too early to know all of the facts in this case. We need to allow the investigators to do their jobs. We do know this was a tragedy. We know family and friends of the deceased are grieving. We know lives are changed forever. These are some of the most difficult scenarios officers will ever face in their careers. No officer ever reports for duty hoping to be involved in something like this. Our focus should be on all those who are hurting right now and need support.
The city of Richfield also released a statement Sunday:
On behalf of the City Council and staff, our thoughts are with the family of the deceased, the officers involved and their families, and our community. The loss of life in any shooting is a tragedy. We are cooperating with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office investigation and are committed to a transparent process. We request your patience as the investigation continues. We are working with our community partners to ensure that those impacted receive the support they need during this difficult time, including our schools, Hennepin County, and mental health professionals.
The city of Edina released its statement later Sunday evening, including the fact that Quinones-Rosario had a knife at the time of the shooting:
While the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a Sept. 7 officer-involved shooting, the City of Edina grieves alongside the family of the deceased, the officers involved and their families, and the Richfield and Edina communities.
On Saturday, Sept. 7 at 10:22 p.m., a police pursuit that began in Edina ended in an officer-involved shooting near the intersection of 77th Street East and Chicago Avenue in Richfield after a man confronted officers with a knife. The incident involved officers from the Edina and Richfield Police departments. No officers were injured during the incident.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation and will release more information after concluding interviews with witnesses.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office is expected to release more information about the deceased, including his name, in the coming days. The City of Edina is fully cooperating with the Sheriff’s Office and requests the public’s patience as the investigation continues.
The Edina Police Departments chaplains are working with those involved during this difficult time.