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Riots Break Out in Minneapolis After Federal Officers Shoot Armed Suspect

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Riots broke out in Minneapolis on Thursday night after U.S. Marshals shot and killed a man who they said pulled a handgun on them.

U.S. Marshals were arresting an unidentified man Thursday afternoon on a warrant for a felony of being in possession of a firearm, according to authorities.

The suspect was in a parked car where he “failed to comply and produced a handgun, resulting in task force members firing upon the subject,” the agency said in its statement, according to the Star Tribune.

“A Minneapolis police spokesman said that numerous buildings were vandalized overnight after the shooting and that some were looted,” the outlet reported.

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Law enforcement moved in on violent demonstrators during the night. Many videos captured footage of the events across social media.

The Citizen Reporter account tweeted images of vandalism at a Minneapolis gym.

Another video revealed a person shouting, “When your precinct burned, America rejoiced! People celebrated seeing your comrades run for their lives!”

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Earlier Thursday, protests erupted in Minneapolis as city officials began following through on their pledge to reopen George Floyd Square to traffic.

Last week, gunfire erupted at the intersection where George Floyd was arrested in 2020 as the nation marked the one-year anniversary of Floyd’s death in police custody.

An ABC News report was in progress as shots were fired.

Minneapolis police said officers responded to the 3800 block of Elliott Avenue after shots were reported fired not long after 10 a.m. local time, NBC News reported.

“Callers told police that a vehicle was seen speeding away from the area,” according to The Associated Press.

“Soon after, someone went to nearby Abbott Northwestern Hospital with a gunshot wound. Police said it wasn’t believed to be a life-threatening injury.”

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Dillon Burroughs reports on breaking news for The Western Journal and is the author or co-author of numerous books.
Dillon Burroughs reports on breaking news for The Western Journal and is the author or co-author of numerous books. He holds degrees in communications and religion, and serves as co-host of the nationally syndicated radio program “A View from the Wall.” An accomplished endurance athlete, Burroughs has also completed numerous ultramarathons. He lives in Tennessee with his wife and three children.