Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman said 31-year-old Thurman Blevins fled from officers with a loaded handgun and refused to follow commands to stop and show his hands. In a conference call with reporters, Freeman said authorities can't be certain that Blevins shot at the officers, but it is irrelevant to the charging decision.
"The decision to use deadly force against Mr. Blevins under those circumstances was authorized", Freeman said.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman made the announcement in a statement a day after footage of Justin Schmidt and Ryan Kelly's shooting of Thurman Blevins was released by the Minneapolis police.
The video released on Sunday shows them pulling their patrol vehicle up and Mr Blevins sitting on a kerb near a woman with a child in a buggy.
Just before he started shooting, Officer Justin Schmidt shouted at Blevins, "You've got a gun, m**********r". The officer shouts "Put your hands up, I will f-- shoot you!" multiple times before he eventually does open fire and strike Blevins. Put your hands up! "I will f**king shoot you!"
"I didn't do nothing, bro", Blevins yells back. A stabilized version of the video shows what appears to be a gun in Blevins's trousers pocket.
When Blevins spots the officers, he takes off running.
According to the BCA's case file, Officer Kelly states Blevins pointed the gun at him, saying he was "pretty sure" he fired it.
"He just gave himself a license to shoot Mr. Blevins", Rohr said. Officer Schmidt told Officer Kelly, "He's got a gun", a moment before the two officers exited the vehicle.
The shooting is being investigated by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
One wonders: what did Thurman Blevins think would happen when he responded to officers in this way, and eventually pulled out his gun and apparently fired it? They insisted that Blevins was unarmed and said he was carrying a bottle, not a gun.
Blevins was shot June 23 by two Minneapolis police officers who were responding to a 911 call about a man with a gun firing into the air and the ground.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo told local media outlets after the video was released that he couldn't comment on the footage because a criminal investigation into the shooting was pending.
The caller told the dispatcher that police officers needed to hurry.
"The officers deserve the Minneapolis Police Department's highest award - the Medal of Honor - and the respect of the population it swore to protect", Kroll said.
Blevins' death prompted demonstrations and community advocates had urged the swift release of body cam video.
Investigators said both Kelly and Schmidt fired their weapons. The videos also show Blevins was carrying a firearm at the time of his death. Others claimed that Blevins got what he deserved by not complying with the officers.
She also said they have 48 hours to press charges or there "will be further consequences". Officials said that footage had gone through a process to identify pixels from each frame and aligned them to help limit shaking.
All five of the complaints against Kelly were closed without discipline, as were two brought against Schmidt.
In Minnesota, investigative data is typically non-public until an investigation concludes.
Blevins' family members said he wasn't a danger while he was running away.
The shooting was the latest involving an African-American by a white police officer, a string of cases that has fuelled outrage across the United States and given rise to the Black Lives Matter protest movement.