Looting and violence erupts in Minneapolis after fake rumor spreads of cops killing a black murder suspect who actually took his own life – as mayor calls in the National Guard and enacts curfew
- Looting broke out in Minneapolis Wednesday night after a murder suspect shot himself as police moved in to arrest him, but misinformation spread
- The suspect allegedly shot another man around 2pm earlier Wednesday
- Officers found him in front of Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis around 6pm but as they moved to arrest him he procured a gun and killed himself
- Rumors emerged that he was killed by officers, sparking unrest and looting
- Mayor Jacob Frey ordered curfew and called in the National Guard
- Gov. Tim Walz declared a peacetime emergency in Minneapolis and said he was mobilizing the Minnesota National Guard
Mayhem and looting erupted in Minneapolis late Wednesday after a suspected gunman fatally shot himself as police zeroed in to arrest him, but false rumors spread that he had been killed by officers.
On Wednesday around 2pm the suspect, a black man, and a woman were in a parking garage where they encountered another man.
A confrontation ensued where the suspect with the woman shot the man who approached them, and the couple fled. The woman was taken into custody a short time later.
Hours later police located the murder suspect and as they sought to arrest him, he procured a gun and shot himself in front of the Nicollet Mall area downtown around 6pm.
However, false rumors emerged that the man was shot police, sparking widespread looting in the city still reeling from the death of George Floyd in May.
An immediate curfew was declared and the National Guard was activated to stop the shattering of shop windows and ransacking of stores.
Mayhem and looting erupted in Minneapolis late Wednesday after a suspected gunman fatally shot himself as police zeroed in to arrest him. The murder suspect pictured left in white as officers honed in on him and right after taking his own life
Looters pictured shattering the glass windows of Target headquarters in Minneapolis on Wednesday evening after rumors swirled that police killed a black man who was a homicide suspect. But surveillance video footage showed the man took his own life
Looters pictured grabbing merchandise inside a Saks Fifth Avenue store in downtown Minneapolice as police arrive to clear out the area
Police pictured guarding a Foot Locker store that was raided on Wednesday evening
An immediate curfew was declared and the National Guard was deployed to stop the shattering of shop windows and ransacking of stores
Police Chief Medaria Arradondo dispelled misinformation that his officers were involved in the suicide death saying the death was not by the officers.
‘I will not allow to add more trauma to a city that’s still grieving from May 25,’ he said in reference to George Floyd’s death.
Minneapolis police shared jarring footage of the incident 90 minutes, showing the moment the suspect saw police approach, turned to get the gun, and took his own life.
That footage shows officers approach the man, wearing a white shirt, gray pants, a cap, and a black backpack, and a group of nearby people sitting raise their arms in surrender and run away.
When the man sees the officers he turns his back towards them and takes his own life.
Officers did not open fire, Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder said.
Swarms of people gathered at the scene of the shooting after it happened.
In the chaos Britt’s Pub was set on fire and people broke into several stores in the downtown shopping center including a Target, Footlocker, Saks Fifth Avenue and a Nordstrom Rack.
Gov. Tim Walz declared a peacetime emergency in Minneapolis and said he was mobilizing the Minnesota National Guard
Police officers pictured spraying a substance to clear the area where a colleague was down at the Nicollet Mall on Wednesday evening after violence and looting broke out
Minneapolis is still reeling from the police killing of George Floyd in May
A view of the raided Target in downtown Minneapolis pictured above
In the chaos Britt’s Pub was set on fire and people broke into several stores in the downtown shopping center including a Target, Footlocker, Saks Fifth Avenue and a Nordstrom Rack
Police officers pictured heavily armed as they stand guard as protesters and rioters clash with police in the unrest on Wednesday
Police officers were quickly sent to quell the crowds and were seen macing crowds.
An activist was seen walking through the crowd with a megaphone attempting to calm the crowd, shouting ‘We have the video. The man killed himself’, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
The unrest prompted Gov. Tim Walz to declare a peacetime emergency Wednesday night.
He said the National Board and 150 Minnesota State Patrol troopers were being mobilized to assist local law enforcement.
‘Minneapolis, it’s time to heal. We must rebuild and recover. Dangerous, unlawful behavior will not be tolerated. The State Patrol is headed to Minneapolis to help restore order. I remain in close contact with the city and every state resource stands ready to help bring peace,’ Walz tweeted.
Following the shooting reports of looting in the downtown business area emerged.
Mayor Jacob Frey pleaded for locals to go home, imposed an immediate curfew from 10pm Wednesday to 6am Thursday and requested assistance from the National Guard
Officers did not open fire, Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder said on the incident
A Minneapolis police officer lies on the ground after being struck by an object in clashes with protesters Wednesday
Police spokesman Elder didn’t provide details but said officers were arresting looters. He said one officer was injured in the incident.
Videos have emerged on social media showing people shattering windows to break into stores and running off with merchandise in their arms.
Mayor Jacob Frey pleaded for locals to go home, imposed an immediate curfew from 10pm Wednesday to 6am Thursday and requested assistance from the National Guard.
‘What we’re calling for right now is peace. This destruction and property damage just takes away from that underlying goal,’ he said.
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