The man who was fatally shot by Minneapolis cops Thursday had been wanted in connection with a felony arms conviction and been involved in at least 20 previous run-ins with authorities, according to records and a report.
Winston Boogie Smith, 32, was gunned down in the Midwest city around 2 p.m. when he “produced a handgun” as members of a US Marshals task force tried to take him into custody on the state warrant, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department said.
Smith — who once posed with civil rights lawyer Ben Crump and posted about the George Floyd trial — was wanted in neighboring Ramsey County for failing to appear for a sentencing hearing May 19 after he was convicted of felony firearm possession, WCCO reported.
There are no court records that show details about that case.
Police investigate the shooting as protesters gather on June 3, 2021, in Minneapolis. Richard.Tsong-Taatari/Star Tribune via AP
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