What began as the police chasing a man who repeatedly ran red lights ended with the death of the suspect who refused to drop a knife he was carrying.
Brian J. Quinones was shot and killed while live-streaming on Facebook as he took the cops on a chase from Edina to Richfield, Minnesota. The first 12 minutes of the video shows Quinones seemingly intentionally running red lights, as if he wanted to gain the attention of police. He remains expressionless for the duration of the video, occasionally glancing in the rear-view mirror as red and blue lights begin to flash. The mood shifts as he quickly throws his car in park and exits.
You can hear the police approach Quinones shouting at him to “drop the knife,” but it appears that the suspect did not comply with police orders. Gunshots can be heard, and for the next 90 minutes, police activity can be seen occurring in the background.
You can see a clip of the video below, but it does contain extremely shocking content so viewer discretion is advised:
According to his social media, Quinones had posted a status shortly before beginning his stream which read: “So sorry.” It was unclear what he had meant by that, but given the following events, it can be inferred that he had planned the chase and perhaps wanted to commit suicide by cop.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident, though thankfully no officers were hurt.
“The Edina and Richfield Police Departments express our thoughts and prayers to all those involved in this tragic incident,” reads a statement from the department following the shooting.
One alleged witness claims that the police shot the victim in the back as he was running away.
The fatal police shooting in #Minnesota last night was witnessed by a resident standing on their porch at the time Brian Quinones was killed.
They spoke with our reporters at the scene about what they saw happen. pic.twitter.com/0fCQfFg4eU
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) September 8, 2019
Reactions on Twitter were naturally varied, with one group holding a vigil for Quinones that shut down Interstate 494.
Quinones was killed by police Saturday night. pic.twitter.com/UYKf8HWmOs
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) September 9, 2019
Cops Kill People: Minnesota Protesters Block Highway In Opposition To Shady Shooting Of Brian Quinones
— Bossip (@Bossip) September 9, 2019
Tonight I got slightly inconvenienced on 494. Curious about the traffic, I tried figuring it out online. Turns out it was a disruption protesting the murder of Brian Quinones by Edina PD.
This is exactly what disruption does. I was snapped to attention. No peace without justice. https://t.co/jLF5p3otmB
— 🍁Abeer🍁 (@AbeerSyedah) September 9, 2019
Others didn’t think it was a police shooting worth protesting, as the suspect had a knife and refused to comply with police orders.
Suicide by Cop? 🤔. Why all the protesting and shutting down roads? #Stupid
— Mummesota Boomer (@mummesota) September 9, 2019
Turns out it takes very little time for an individual to charge at the police when they’re armed. The OODA loop cycle has to profess what’s happening and it’s likely Brian came at the Officer with the knife prompting the shooting.
— BaconTakes (@BaconTakes) September 9, 2019
— @policecode18_3 (@Policecode183) September 8, 2019
Get the snowplows out.
— Politically Incorrect (@SEofDisorder1) September 9, 2019
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