US authorities said today, Thursday, December 31, that police in the US city of Minneapolis shot dead a man in an exchange of fire during a traffic inspection on the southern side of the city late Wednesday.
This death is the first person killed by police bullets since the death of George Floyd last May, according to what was reported by Reuters.
The authorities mandated the Criminal Investigation Office to investigate the incident. It was not clear until now details about the identity, background, or ethnicity of the dead man.
“The officers were conducting a traffic search to search for a suspect,” Minneapolis police chief Madaria Aradondo told a news briefing.
“The initial testimonies of the witnesses indicate that the intended target first fired at Minneapolis police officers, who responded by firing at him,” he added.
He added that “cameras affixed to the police officers’ clothes were working during the incident,” noting that a video recording will be published on Thursday.
Protesters gathered in front of a petrol station near the shooting site and the authorities urged them to stay away from any “destructive criminal behavior.”
Minneapolis has seen widespread protests over police violence and racism gradually spread to other parts of the United States and the world following the death of George Floyd, a black American, on May 25 after a policeman crouched on his neck for about nine minutes.