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Rioters Loot Stores, Riot After Armed Fugitive Shot By U.S. Marshals Task Force In Minneapolis

Minneapolis, MN – Rioters vandalized businesses and set dumpsters on fire in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis on Thursday night after a U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) task force fatally shot an armed suspect.

The incident occurred at about 2:10 p.m. on June 3 near West Lake Street and Freemont Avenue South when members of the task force attempted to arrest the fugitive, KSTP reported.

USMS said the suspect had a warrant for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

The task force, which was largely made up of local law enforcement but did not include any Minneapolis police officers, said the suspect was sitting in a parked car when officers tried to take him into custody, KSTP reported.

USMS said the suspect ignored officers’ commands and drew a handgun, according to Reuters.

“During the incident, the subject, who was in a parked car, failed to comply and produced a handgun resulting in task force members firing upon the subject,” the official USMS statement read.

The suspect was fatally shot and pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, KSTP reported.

Witnesses told KSTP that they heard about 10 gunshots.

The fugitive shot by police has been identified as 32-year-old Winston Boogie Smith, WCCO reported.

Smith was on probation for an aggravated robbery conviction from 2017 and had failed to appear for sentencing in May on an unrelated firearm conviction in Ramsey County, which led to the state issuing a warrant for his arrest.

Tensions have remained high following months of rioting after George Floyd died as he was being arrested by the Minneapolis police on May 25, 2020, Reuters reported.

Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of Floyd’s murder on April 20 and the other officers involved in his arrest will face trial in 2022.

All of the officers involved are now facing federal civil rights charges in connection with the incident.

On Thursday, the city removed the barricades around the area dubbed “George Floyd Square” and took down memorial tributes with the promise to preserve them, Reuters reported.

The area has been a several-block, police-free autonomous zone since Floyd’s death and prior attempts to disassemble it were met with violent protests.

Protesters started gathering in the area near the latest officer-involved shooting almost as soon as the incident occurred and a small but violent group began rioting shortly after dark, KSTP reported.

A dumpster was set on fire and rioters fed the flames to keep it going as the metal trash bin basically melted in the middle of a city street.

In one of the videos, a protester proudly announced “Welcome to Minneapolis, where we f—kin’ s—t up.”

Firefighters responded to the scene and extinguished the blaze, but police didn’t arrive in the area until after 40 minutes after the fire was started, according to FOX News.

Rioters began looting and vandalizing businesses shortly after that.

Rebecca Brannon, an independent photojournalist on the scene, reported that rioters smashed the windows on multiple businesses and looted at least two stores, FOX News reported.

Rioters spray-painted “kill cops” and “Trial for us, no trial for them” and “MPLS still hates cops” on the front of an LA Fitness located at Lake Street and Girard.

They also broke into the CVS off Lake Street, shattered the store’s windows, and looted its contents, FOX News reported.

Brannon reported that police moved from business to business in an attempt to protect them from the violent mob.

Rioting continued til after 2 a.m. on Friday and police eventually deployed tear gas to disperse the protesters, FOX News reported.

Minneapolis Police Department Spokesman John Elder said multiple arrests were made overnight but did not release an exact number, WCCO reported.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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