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Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
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Jill Oliveira  651-793-2726
jill.oliveira@state.mn.us
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2019
Update on St. Paul Officer Involved Shooting Investigation

​The BCA has identified the St. Paul police officers and subject in an officer involved shooting incident that happened early on Tuesday, August 13, in St. Paul. Both officers are on administrative leave.

  • Officer Arturo Lopez discharged his firearm during the incident. Officer Lopez has been with the St. Paul Police Department for two years.
  • Officer Mitchell Mountain sustained minor injuries when he was hit by a car driven by the subject. Officer Mountain has been with the St. Paul Police Department for two years.

The driver of the vehicle has been identified as Salvador Tomas Torres Garza, 19, of St. Paul. A warrant has been issued for Torres Garza’s arrest on one count of felony assault related to the incident. Mr. Torres Garza remains at large at this time.

Body camera video captured portions of the incident.

The BCA’s investigation into the incident is ongoing. When the investigation is complete, the BCA will present its findings without recommendation to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office.

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