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Body cam released in fatal OIS that sparked protests; St. Paul officer had no other choice


Update: The body cam footage (above) has been released.

Mara H. Gottfried
Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.

St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell is releasing body camera footage Tuesday afternoon from the officer-involved shooting of Ronald Kerry Davis.

Officer Steve Mattson shot Davis, 31, more than a week ago in the Midway neighborhood.

Mattson, who was on patrol, was stopped at a stop sign at Thomas Avenue and Griggs Street on Sept. 15 at 5:50 p.m. Davis rear-ended his squad, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The BCA is conducting the investigation.

Both men got out of their vehicles and Davis, of Little Canada, confronted Mattson with a knife, the BCA said.

“Davis ignored repeated commands to drop the knife,” the BCA said in a statement last week. “At one point during the encounter Officer Mattson discharged his firearm, striking Davis.”

Mattson’s body camera captured the incident.

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter and others called for the release of the body camera footage and the police department said they would when the investigation would not be compromised.

On Friday, the BCA told Axtell the investigation would be far enough along by Tuesday and the police department announced the plan to release the video after Davis’ family has an opportunity to view it.

The Pioneer Press will post updates and the video footage when it is released.


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  1. I would of shot him too
    In fear of my life. Police gave knife wailing man many comands to drop the knife. Police officers don’t get enough pay to risk their lives like this. I pray for the family of the man with the knife and also this officer made it home that day.

  2. LEO did great. Almost 1 too many warnings. I more that I would have given. Had no choice….LEO’s have to go home to there family’s too. Dirt bag who tried to take out LEO, got exactly what he was asking for. One less either idiot or drug crazed POS got taken out of the gene pool. Officer was professional and did what he had to do for protecting the public….idiots or not.

    • I am so effing sick and tired of the neverending claim by the black communities of a black being killed by a white officer for no other reason than his color. The inner cities are a cesspool of crime and the black communities see nothkng wrong with how they live. Good riddens to another low life useless waste of oxegen.


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