Somali-American Dolal Idd, 23, was identified by his family as the victim in the Dec 30th officer-involved shooting. At approximately 6:15 pm CST on December 30th, the Minneapolis Police Department arrived at the Holiday Gas Station near 36th Ave and Cedar Ave. S. following what officers reported as a felony suspect traffic stop. Officers said Idd was the first shooter, and they returned gunfire, killing Idd at the scene.
Idd was accompanied by a female passenger who reported no injuries. The officers involved in the incident also reported no injuries. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the incident and Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo is asking that protestors remain peaceful.
Last night, hundreds of peaceful protestors gathered at the scene, just blocks away from where George Floyd was killed months prior. Protestors gathered to mourn another life taken by law enforcement and chanted with demands for accountability by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, Arradondo and the Police Union.
The distrust between law enforcement, political leadership, and community residents continues to widen as the deceased’s family alleges that their son was mischaracterized by law enforcement. Idd’s father believes his son was shot and killed while sitting in his car and doesn’t think he initiated gunfire.
During a press interview, Arradondo declined to comment about Idd’s background. “I know our communities have been very sensitive about law enforcement coming out and characterizing someone before we have that information, so I want to be respectful,” he said.
Idd’s father also claims that the police mishandled their family during an overnight warrant search of their home, putting grieving family members in handcuffs while the officers searched their home.
Police spokesman John Elder reported that Idd fired his gun at law enforcement first, but declined to confirm that a firearm was recovered at the crime scene. Elder also declined to verify if there was a felony warrant for the deceased. Officers Darcy Klund, Paul Huynh, and Jason Schmidt were involved with the shooting and traffic stop, and their bodycam footage has now been released.
Please note that the footage is graphic and should not be viewed by children.
MPD Released the following statement with the video: “In continued efforts to increase trust with our community, Chief Arradondo has made the unprecedented decision to release officer body worn camera video within 24 hours of this incident. This was done to further aid efforts in understanding and fostering transparency.”
Bodycam footage was released underneath Minnesota State Statute 13.82 Subd. 15, but the incident remains an active investigation. MPD reports that additional footage is not available to the public. This story is developing.