Minneapolis police to release bodycam video of traffic stop shooting
MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - Minneapolis police plan to release body camera video on Thursday showing what officers say was an exchange of gunfire between a man and police that left the man dead.
The shooting happened around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Cedar Avenue and 36th Street in Minneapolis. Chief Medaria Arradondo says officers were making a traffic stop involving a man suspected in a felony case when it appears the suspect opened fire on police. The man was shot and killed as officers returned fire.
"MPD officers were conducting a traffic stop involving a felony suspect," Arradondo said. "Initial witness statements indicate that the subject involved in this felony stop fired first at Minneapolis police officers, who then exchanged gunfire with the suspect, who was shot and killed."
A female passenger was not shot and no officers were injured.
Chief Arradondo said, as part of an effort for full transparency and to show the community what transpired Wednesday evening, the department will work to release the video of the incident as soon as possible. A police spokesperson said it was unlikely that the footage would be released before Thursday afternoon, as the department still has to have it cleared through the city's legal department.
The investigation into the shooting is ongoing, the chief said. The Minnesota BCA has taken over the case and will review if officers acted properly. Chief Arradondo is asking members of the community to allow investigators to do their work and to wait until the facts of the case are established before taking action.
Family identifies Dolal Idd as man shot by MPD
Thursday morning, family members identified the man shot by police as 23-year-old Dolal Idd of Eden Prairie. Bayle Gelle said his family doesn't believe the Minneapolis Police Department’s narrative that their son fired first.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has not yet officially released the identity of the man and Minneapolis police deferred any questions on his identity to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the medical examiner.