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Body camera video captures frantic moments, intense gunfire after fatal shooting of Minneapolis cop

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Body camera video captures frantic moments, intense gunfire after fatal shooting of Minneapolis cop
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Body camera video captures frantic moments, intense gunfire after fatal shooting of Minneapolis cop

2024-06-22 06:20 Last Updated At:06:41

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Body camera footage released Friday shows a chaotic encounter on a Minneapolis street last month, as officers ran toward a man who just shot one of their own, while bystanders took cover behind a car as gunfire rang out.

Edited video released by the Minneapolis Police Department shows the moments before Officer Jamal Mitchell was fatally shot on May 30, as well as the frantic minutes that followed as officers pleaded with bystanders to help find the shooter, amid the steady sound of gunshots and sirens.

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FILE - Law enforcement gathers on Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis, May 30, 2024, following a fatal shooting. Body camera footage released Friday, June 21, shows Minneapolis Police Officer Jamal Mitchell’s final moments on May 30 as he walked into what investigators have called an ambush. (Ben Hovland/Minnesota Public Radio via AP, File)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Body camera footage released Friday shows a chaotic encounter on a Minneapolis street last month, as officers ran toward a man who just shot one of their own, while bystanders took cover behind a car as gunfire rang out.

FILE - Officer Jamal Mitchell, center, is presented with a Lifesaving Award by Chief Brian O'Hara, Oct. 4, 2023, during a ceremony in Minneapolis. Body camera footage released Friday, June 21, shows Mitchell’s final moments on May 30, 2024, as he walked into what investigators have called an ambush. (Renée Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via AP, File)

FILE - Officer Jamal Mitchell, center, is presented with a Lifesaving Award by Chief Brian O'Hara, Oct. 4, 2023, during a ceremony in Minneapolis. Body camera footage released Friday, June 21, shows Mitchell’s final moments on May 30, 2024, as he walked into what investigators have called an ambush. (Renée Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via AP, File)

This frame from body-camera video released show Minneapolis Police Officer Jamal Mitchell approaching Mustafa Mohamed to render aid moments Mohamed produced a handgun and fatally shot him on May 30, 2024 in Minneapolis, Minn. (Minneapolis Police Department via AP)

This frame from body-camera video released show Minneapolis Police Officer Jamal Mitchell approaching Mustafa Mohamed to render aid moments Mohamed produced a handgun and fatally shot him on May 30, 2024 in Minneapolis, Minn. (Minneapolis Police Department via AP)

Frames from body-camera video released show officers responding to a shooting in which Minneapolis Police Officer Jamal Mitchell was killed along with three others, including the gunman, May 30, 2024, in Minneapolis, Minn. (Minneapolis Police Department via AP)

Frames from body-camera video released show officers responding to a shooting in which Minneapolis Police Officer Jamal Mitchell was killed along with three others, including the gunman, May 30, 2024, in Minneapolis, Minn. (Minneapolis Police Department via AP)

This frame from body-camera video released show Minneapolis Police Officer Jamal Mitchell approaching Mustafa Mohamed to render aid moments Mohamed produced a handgun and fatally shot him on May 30th, 2024 in Minneapolis, Minn. (Minneapolis Police Department via AP)

This frame from body-camera video released show Minneapolis Police Officer Jamal Mitchell approaching Mustafa Mohamed to render aid moments Mohamed produced a handgun and fatally shot him on May 30th, 2024 in Minneapolis, Minn. (Minneapolis Police Department via AP)

Frames from body-camera video released show officers responding to a shooting in which Minneapolis Police Officer Jamal Mitchell was killed along with three others, including the gunman, May 30, 2024, in Minneapolis, Minn. (Minneapolis Police Department via AP)

Frames from body-camera video released show officers responding to a shooting in which Minneapolis Police Officer Jamal Mitchell was killed along with three others, including the gunman, May 30, 2024, in Minneapolis, Minn. (Minneapolis Police Department via AP)

The video shows Mitchell, who was responding to call of a double shooting, walking up to a man he believed was injured. He asks “Who shot you?” twice, and is seen putting on medical gloves. As Mitchell starts talking to a woman nearby, the man on the ground, later identified as 35-year-old Mustafa Mohamed, reveals a handgun — and the video abruptly ends.

Authorities say Mitchell walked into an ambush, and that Mohamed fatally shot him. They have not said whether Mohamed was actually injured or pretending to be hurt as Mitchell approached, but recently released transcripts of 911 calls suggest one caller might have hit Mohamed with a vehicle before Mitchell arrived. The caller reported seeing a man assaulting another man and trying to steal his electric scooter, when the caller rammed the attacker with a vehicle, possibly breaking his leg.

Police Chief Brian O'Hara declined to answer details about the shooting as he released body camera video on Friday, citing the ongoing investigation.

Mitchell's killing stunned a department that has struggled to fill its ranks since the murder of George Floyd and the ensuing turmoil.

The situation began with a report of a double shooting at an apartment complex. The footage released Friday, which was edited and partially redacted, shows Mitchell arriving to the scene and approaching Mohamed, who was lying on the ground, resting against a parked car.

“It looks we have at least two victims outside at the location bleeding,” Mitchell said on police radio before exiting his squad car and walking toward Mohamed.

The video ends before Mohamed fatally shoots Mitchell.

A second clip released Friday shows Officer Luke Kittock carrying a rifle as he sprints toward the shooting. Bystanders hid behind cars as Kittock asked for their help to locate the gunman.

“That guy, that guy!” one person shouted.

Kittock took cover behind a brick wall, as his partner carried a shield. After firing multiple shots, Kittock said Mohamed was down. He and officers then approached Mohamed, questioning whether Mohamed was the only shooter as they worked to handcuff him.

A third clip, from Officer Nicholas Kapinos' body camera, shows Kapinos arriving as shots are being fired. He holds a handgun and asks where the shots are coming from, then radios in, “Cop down. There is a cop down.” Kapinos and his partner run toward the gunfire as firefighters can be seen taking cover behind a fire engine.

The gunfire ended with four dead, including Mitchell and Mohamed. Osman Said Jimale, 32, and Mohamed Aden, 36, were shot inside the apartment building. Three others were injured including an officer, a bystander and a firefighter.

At a June 11 funeral service, Mitchell was memorialized as a hero who exemplified the type of public servant the city’s police force has been trying to recruit amid years of tumult.

FILE - Law enforcement gathers on Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis, May 30, 2024, following a fatal shooting. Body camera footage released Friday, June 21, shows Minneapolis Police Officer Jamal Mitchell’s final moments on May 30 as he walked into what investigators have called an ambush. (Ben Hovland/Minnesota Public Radio via AP, File)

FILE - Law enforcement gathers on Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis, May 30, 2024, following a fatal shooting. Body camera footage released Friday, June 21, shows Minneapolis Police Officer Jamal Mitchell’s final moments on May 30 as he walked into what investigators have called an ambush. (Ben Hovland/Minnesota Public Radio via AP, File)

FILE - Officer Jamal Mitchell, center, is presented with a Lifesaving Award by Chief Brian O'Hara, Oct. 4, 2023, during a ceremony in Minneapolis. Body camera footage released Friday, June 21, shows Mitchell’s final moments on May 30, 2024, as he walked into what investigators have called an ambush. (Renée Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via AP, File)

FILE - Officer Jamal Mitchell, center, is presented with a Lifesaving Award by Chief Brian O'Hara, Oct. 4, 2023, during a ceremony in Minneapolis. Body camera footage released Friday, June 21, shows Mitchell’s final moments on May 30, 2024, as he walked into what investigators have called an ambush. (Renée Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via AP, File)

This frame from body-camera video released show Minneapolis Police Officer Jamal Mitchell approaching Mustafa Mohamed to render aid moments Mohamed produced a handgun and fatally shot him on May 30, 2024 in Minneapolis, Minn. (Minneapolis Police Department via AP)

This frame from body-camera video released show Minneapolis Police Officer Jamal Mitchell approaching Mustafa Mohamed to render aid moments Mohamed produced a handgun and fatally shot him on May 30, 2024 in Minneapolis, Minn. (Minneapolis Police Department via AP)

Frames from body-camera video released show officers responding to a shooting in which Minneapolis Police Officer Jamal Mitchell was killed along with three others, including the gunman, May 30, 2024, in Minneapolis, Minn. (Minneapolis Police Department via AP)

Frames from body-camera video released show officers responding to a shooting in which Minneapolis Police Officer Jamal Mitchell was killed along with three others, including the gunman, May 30, 2024, in Minneapolis, Minn. (Minneapolis Police Department via AP)

This frame from body-camera video released show Minneapolis Police Officer Jamal Mitchell approaching Mustafa Mohamed to render aid moments Mohamed produced a handgun and fatally shot him on May 30th, 2024 in Minneapolis, Minn. (Minneapolis Police Department via AP)

This frame from body-camera video released show Minneapolis Police Officer Jamal Mitchell approaching Mustafa Mohamed to render aid moments Mohamed produced a handgun and fatally shot him on May 30th, 2024 in Minneapolis, Minn. (Minneapolis Police Department via AP)

Frames from body-camera video released show officers responding to a shooting in which Minneapolis Police Officer Jamal Mitchell was killed along with three others, including the gunman, May 30, 2024, in Minneapolis, Minn. (Minneapolis Police Department via AP)

Frames from body-camera video released show officers responding to a shooting in which Minneapolis Police Officer Jamal Mitchell was killed along with three others, including the gunman, May 30, 2024, in Minneapolis, Minn. (Minneapolis Police Department via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Retired Trump Organization executive Allen Weisselberg was released from New York City's Rikers Island jail on Friday after serving a sentence for lying under oath, his lawyer and correction department officials confirmed.

The former chief financial officer at Donald Trump’s real estate company has since been reunited with his family, his lawyer, Seth Rosenberg, wrote in an email without elaborating.

The city’s Department of Correction declined to provide more detail about Weisselberg’s discharge other than to confirm his release is reflected in its online inmate database.

Weisselberg pleaded guilty in March to committing perjury during his testimony in the fraud lawsuit that New York’s attorney general brought against the former president.

Weisselberg admitted lying about how Trump’s Manhattan penthouse came to be overvalued on his financial statements.

In return for pleading guilty to two counts of perjury, prosecutors agreed not to prosecute him for any other crimes he might have committed in connection with his longtime employment by the Trump Organization.

“Allen Weisselberg accepted responsibility for his conduct and now looks forward to the end of this life-altering experience and to returning to his family and his retirement,” his attorney, Seth Rosenberg, said after he was sentenced in April.

It was Weisselberg’s second stint behind bars. The 76-year-old served 100 days in jail last year for dodging taxes on $1.7 million in company perks, including a rent-free Manhattan apartment and luxury cars.

Weisselberg, who was employed by Trump’s family for nearly 50 years, testified twice during trials that went badly for Trump. Each time, he took pains to suggest that his boss hadn’t committed any serious wrongdoing.

FILE - Allen Weisselberg, a former longtime executive in Donald Trump's real estate empire, arrives at the court in New York, Wednesday, April. 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura, File)

FILE - Allen Weisselberg, a former longtime executive in Donald Trump's real estate empire, arrives at the court in New York, Wednesday, April. 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura, File)

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