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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 09, 2021
Update on BCA Investigation of June 5 Officer Involved Shooting

​The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the parties involved in an officer involved shooting incident on June 5 in Minneapolis. 

  • Metro Transit Police Department Officer John Steele has been in law enforcement for nine years. He is on standard administrative leave.
  • The man injured during the incident, Kevion Jamal Gibbs, 23, of West Point, Mississippi, was treated for his injury and is currently in the Hennepin County Jail. 
  • Mr. Gibbs is charged in the fatal shooting of a man identified by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office as Deandre Intonio Smith, 33, of Minneapolis. 

According to the BCA’s preliminary investigation, several Metro Transit Police Department officers witnessed the shooting of Mr. Smith around 2 a.m. on Saturday, June 5, in the area of Hennepin Avenue and South 5th Street in Minneapolis. Officers pursued Mr. Gibbs, the suspect in the shooting, on foot. At one point following a brief foot pursuit, Officer Steele discharged his firearm, striking Gibbs in the leg. Mr. Gibbs was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment and then was booked into the Hennepin County Jail.

BCA crime scene personnel recovered a handgun from near where the Mr. Gibbs was injured in the officer involved incident.

Portions of the incident were captured on Metro Transit Police body cameras.

The shooting death of Mr. Smith is being investigated by the Minneapolis Police Department. The BCA is investigating the use of deadly force by Officer Steele.

The BCA investigation is ongoing. Once its investigation is complete, the BCA will turn its findings over without recommendation to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office for review.

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