US Marshals: 1 man dead during arrest attempt in Minneapolis

People gather Thursday outside a scene where a person was killed during an arrest attempt in Minneapolis

People gather Thursday outside a scene where a person was killed during an arrest attempt in Minneapolis

While some members of the crowd shouted expletives at the police on Thursday, overall the crowd remained peaceful.

Agents with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension were headed to the scene along with officials from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, local media reported. State investigators said a handgun and spent cartridge found inside the auto indicate that the man also fired his gun.

In a statement to the Associated Press, the U.S. Marshall's said the shooting occurred Thursday around 2 p.m.

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In the aftermath of the shooting, Smith's social media activity came under scrutiny after we found posts on his Facebook profile in which he bragged about shooting a police officer if he was shot at and would not surrender "like the rest".

Earlier in the evening, a crowd gathered at the parking ramp where Smith died following a confrontation with sheriff's deputies and U.S. Marshal Service personnel, according to the newspaper.

Smith died despite lifesaving measures performed at the scene, the station said, adding that his 27-year-old passenger was hurt by flying glass and treated at a hospital. Later in the night, people vandalised "numerous" buildings and stole from some, Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder said. A woman who was in the auto with the suspect sustained minor injuries from shattered glass, the statement said. However, the demonstrations spiralled out of control and eventually led to stores being looted and dumpsters being set on fire, according to Fox News.

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The woman, Shelly Hopkins, said Smith, who was Black, had been harassed by police since he was in high school. "I knew something wasn't right".

Nine people were arrested on charges that ranged from arson, assault and damage to property, police said. But I know him. And he didn't deserve that. Hughes said Smith doesn't carry a gun, and police "obviously gunned him down wrongly and they're trying to cover it up".

Before the Thursday shooting, tensions were rising as crews removed concrete barriers around a Minneapolis intersection informally called George Floyd Square, where community members and activists left artwork and flowers in a memorial to Floyd.

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The city has been on edge since the deaths of George Floyd, a Black man who died past year after he was pinned to the ground by Minneapolis officers, and Daunte Wright, a Black motorist who was fatally shot in April by an officer in the nearby suburb of Brooklyn Center.

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