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Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
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Jill Oliveira  651-793-2726
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 07, 2017
Officers Identified in St. Paul Officer Involved Shooting

​ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the two St. Paul police officers who discharged their weapons during an officer involved shooting incident that happened on Thursday, October 5. Both officers are on standard administrative leave.

  • Officer Daniel Gleason has ten years of law enforcement experience including six years with the St. Paul Police Department.
  • Officer Jordan Wild has been with the St. Paul Police Department for three years.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office on Friday identified the man who died during the incident as Phumee (corrected spelling of first name) (no middle name) Lee, 28, of 1005 Lafond Avenue in St. Paul. Lee died of multiple gunshot wounds.

The BCA is investigating the incident at the request of the St. Paul Police Department.

St. Paul police officers just before 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 5, responded to a 911 call about shots fired during a domestic violence incident at a home at 464 Earl Street in St. Paul. Officers met with the female victim nearby. She was uninjured but reported being shot at twice inside of the home by the man now identified as Lee. Officers removed four children from the home and began searching for Lee in the neighborhood.

According to the BCA’s preliminary investigation, the officers located Lee walking south of the residence on Earl Street. Lee ignored officers’ commands to stop. Officers caught up with him as he headed east on Euclid Street.

At that point, Lee turned toward the officers and produced a handgun which had been tucked into his clothing and pointed it at the officers. There was an exchange of gunfire between Lee and the two officers. No officers were hit, but Lee was struck multiple times.

St. Paul police officers and Fire Department paramedics began to render aid to Lee, but he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

A K-9 sustained a minor injury for which he was treated at the Veterinary Medical Center at the University of Minnesota.

Videos including body camera footage captured the incident. BCA crime scene personnel recovered a handgun which was located next to the deceased.

As it does in all investigations, the BCA will present its findings without recommendations to the county attorney for review once the investigation is complete.

The BCA’s investigation into the shooting is active and ongoing, and all information that is public at this time has been released. No further updates are planned until the BCA presents the case to the county attorney.                                                  

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