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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