Man killed by St. Paul Police rammed squad cars

5:34 PM, Oct 24, 2012   |    comments
  • Jessamine Ave. E & Winchester St., St. Paul
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The violent last moments of the life of a man shot and killed by St. Paul Police officers are being detailed by the department.

The Minneapolis Police Department asked St. Paul Police to help with an undercover narcotics investigation near Jessamine Avenue East and Westminster Street.

Around 4 p.m. Tuesday, St. Paul officers spotted 41-year-old suspect Victor Gaddy trying to leave the area in a car. According to police, the officers blocked Gaddy's vehicle. That's when Gaddy started to ram the unmarked squad cars, ignoring police orders to stop.

Officers on the scene say they felt their lives were in danger. They opened fire, shooting Gaddy multiple times. Gaddy was pronounced dead on the scene.

A 20-year-old man in the car was arrested for drug possession. A third man was questioned and released.

The four St. Paul police officers involved are all veterans of the department. Officials have identified them as Officer Edward O'Donnell, Officer Mark Farrington, Officer Joshua Raichert and Officer Christopher McGuire. They have been placed on a standard three-day administrative leave.

The incident was the first of two deadly police-involved shootings in St. Paul Tuesday.

The second happened at 11 p.m. in a parking lot near Payne and Minnehaha Avenues.

Police say a suspect started shooting at officers. They returned fire, shooting and killing the suspect. One officer was shot, and is at Regions Hospital.

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