Police shooting video obtained by a Minnesota Fox affiliate Monday shows a 19-year-old man who was shot and killed by officers in southwest Minneapolis had his hands raised when police opened fire, The Associated Press reported.
The video, obtained by KSTP-TV, shows 19-year-old Christian Hall wearing a ski mask while on the ground, allegedly holding a handgun. An officer who is firing, said to be Mark Ringgenberg, radioed for backup just before 5:30 p.m. Sunday, saying he believed the man was shooting at him. The man allegedly was shot by Officer Matthew Glynn.
It’s unclear if the man was firing at police when he was shot. The Star Tribune reported that cellphone video taken at the scene showed a person who appeared to be Hall was shot at least two times.
A handgun and what appeared to be a bullet casing could be seen in the area, according to the Star Tribune.
The newspaper reported that family and friends identified Hall as the man shot Sunday. A family friend, Grace Seymour, later told the newspaper that Hall was wearing a ski mask because he had gotten called by an ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend.
Seymour said Hall was an aspiring drummer and said he wasn’t doing anything wrong.
Police said they were “committed to getting to the truth as quickly as possible.”
“The conduct that led to the call for service was completely inappropriate and was unacceptable,” Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said in a statement. “I can’t speak to the motive behind their conduct but they were not allowed to get into a position where they could end up shooting someone.”
Hall’s relatives told KSTP-TV that the teenager was autistic.
John Bowman, who identified himself as Hall’s uncle, said Hall was “quiet, not very talkative, let people know when they needed something.”
“He was always a good kid,” Bowman told the station. “I guess the big world was overwhelming for him as he got older and eventually lost his way.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.