Native Man Killed by St. Paul Police

Activists with Native Lives Matter occupy the intersection of Bloomington and Franklin avenues in Minneapolis on Monday. Brandt Williams | MPR News

Published August 7, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Native Lives Matter are seeking answers for killing of William James Hughes, 45, a White Earth Nation Anishinaabe man, who was shot and killed by the St. Paul Police on early Sunday, August 5, 2018.

The St. Paul Police Department released this statement on Sunday:

“A male 911 caller reported that someone had fired multiple shots inside a residence on the second floor. The 911 caller then hung up without providing additional information. Upon arriving at the scene, officers encountered a man with a gun. At some point, two officers discharged their service weapons, striking the man. St. Paul Fire medics were immediately called to the scene, and the man was pronounced dead.”

According to the police, Hughes had a gun.

Native Lives Matter in Minneapolis say the St. Paul Police Department is  one of the deadliest police forces in the state of Minnesota, having killed more than 27 people since 2000.

As is typical in police shootings, the two officers involved with the killing of Hughes have been placed on paid leave. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating the tragic killing. Upon the completion of its investigation, BCA will turn its findings over the Ramsey County Attorney for review to determine if any charges will be filed against the two involved police officers.

Editor’s Note: This is a developing story and will be updated when more information becomes available. 




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