Phillip Quinn shooting via police cam Sept 24th pic.twitter.com/Vd7NjNa3m7
— Karen Scullin FOX9 (@kscullinfox9) February 18, 2016
The St. Paul Police Dept. is releasing detailed information about an OIS on Sept 24, 2015- in an effort to be more transparent – and to shed some light on the events leading up to that deadly shooting, involving 30-year-old Philip Quinn.
A grand jury has cleared the two officers of any wrongdoing in the shooting death of Quinn, who was apparently suicidal.
According to local media reports, members of Quinn’s family called 911 numerous times throughout the day, warning police that Quinn could be armed and dangerous. He also forced his way into a nearby apartment, police said.
When officers arrived at his home, Quinn was armed with a screw driver. In dash cam video released by the department, the gun shots that are heard were fired right after police say they tried to back up, when Quinn lifted up his arms and charged at them.
“He was psychotic,” Quinn’s fiancée told Fox 9 after the shooting. “He told me and his cousin that he died in my basement and came back to life.”
The asst. chief of police said the officers feared for their safety and were also concerned for the safety of Paulette Quinn- the suspect’s mother- who was just feet away when the shooting occurred.
Police and family told the Fox station that Quinn was mentally ill and had been trying to get help but there was no bed available for him at any local treatment facility.
Police also said this week during a press conference that Quinn was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the shooting.
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