Victim identified in St. Paul officer-involved shooting

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified the victim in Wednesday morning's officer-involved shooting in St. Paul as Cordale Quinn Handy, 29, of Waukegan, Ilinois. 

Handy was shot and killed by officers in the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood around 2:20 a.m. The shooting occurred after police responded to a domestic violence call on the 700 block of East 6th Street. There they encountered the man from the incident in the street. St. Paul Officers fired on the man near the intersection of East 7th Street and Sinnen Street.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A firearm was recovered outside of the apartment building on East 6th Street and spent shell casings were found inside the apartment. 

None of the three St. Paul police officers involved was injured. It is unclear whether or not Handy was armed when he was shot. 

The three officers are on standard administrative leave following the shooting. The BCA says they will identify the officers and release additional information about the shooting at a later date. 

Community activist Rashad Turner says he has confidence in St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell, but the shooting still represents a bigger problem with law enforcement around the country.

“It doesn’t erase the stain of this institution, of this police state, that continues to kill across the country, most of the time with impunity,” Turner said.

At a meeting on Wednesday night, leaders of the local African American community expressed concern over an equality in force.

“Treat people in the black community the way you treat white people,” NAACP-St. Paul President Diane Binns said.

But, they have one request of the community.

“We just ask the community to maintain its calm to allow its process with the BCA to work until we gather further information, which we do not yet have,” Binns said.

The BCA is continuing to investigate the shooting. Once complete, it will turn its findings over to the Ramsey County Attorney’s office for review. 

The condition of the woman involved in the domestic violence call is unknown.