The prosecutor said that the U.S. Marshals were justified in the fatal shooting of Winston Smith Jr.

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Members of the North Star Fugitive Task Force attempted to arrest Smith, who was wanted for a felony warrant, in Minneapolis on June 3. Ryan’s letter issued on Wednesday stated that when members of the task force tried to arrest Smith, he drew his pistol and fired at the authorities, “initiating a deadly armed confrontation.”

“This led (the task force) to use lethal force in response,” Ryan wrote in the letter. “Although I can’t determine who fired first, it doesn’t matter in this case. Once someone initiates a deadly armed confrontation, law enforcement officers don’t have to wait until they are shot before responding.”

Ryan stated that the reaction of the two working group members in the case was “reasonable and reasonable.”

Investigators said the evidence showed that the suspect was shot and killed by law enforcement in Minneapolis

“Their actions were clearly in response to obvious death threats or major bodily harm,” he wrote. “Therefore, in this case, Minnesota law authorized the use of lethal force without criminal prosecution.”

A year after George Floyd’s murder and two months after former police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted, Smith’s death sparked protests in Minneapolis.

Smith’s friends and family asked to take the body camera footage.

The Criminal Arrest Service of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety stated in June: “The U.S. Marshals currently does not allow officers serving in their North Star Fugitive Task Force to use body cameras. There is no team camera footage for this incident.”

On June 7, Lisa Monaco, the Deputy Attorney General, issued a memorandum stating that the Department of Justice will require federal agents to wear and activate cameras when they encounter the public in “pre-planned law enforcement operations.”

The shooting originated from an arrest warrant issued for Smith in late May. After pleading guilty to possession of a gun in Ramsey County, he failed to attend the hearing. Court documents show that Smith appeared in court for the first time in December 2019.

According to the case file, in November 2020, on the eve of the trial, he pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of a firearm​​​ The case file shows that on May 19, 2021, an arrest warrant was issued for failing to attend the hearing of the case, and he was ordered to be detained without bail or bail.

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