Man Fatally Shot by Minnesota State Trooper on Interstate 94 in Minneapolis

A vigil was held to mourn the loss of Ricky Cobb II, a 33-year-old man shot and killed by a Minnesota state trooper during an early Monday morning incident on Interstate 94 in north Minneapolis. The Minnesota State Patrol reported that Cobb was wanted for a felony-level violation in Ramsey County related to a domestic abuse no-contact order.

The circumstances leading to the trooper firing their weapon during the encounter remain unclear. As loved ones gather to remember Cobb, questions arise, and authorities are conducting an investigation that will involve body camera footage.

The Incident Unfolds

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the incident occurred around 1:50 a.m. when a trooper noticed a Ford Fusion traveling northbound on I-94 without taillights near Lowry Avenue.

After pulling over the driver, Ricky Cobb II, it was revealed that he was wanted for a felony-level violation related to a domestic abuse no-contact order in Ramsey County. As troopers attempted to arrest him, Cobb resisted and drove away, leading to a foot pursuit by the troopers.

The Fatal Encounter

During the encounter, a trooper fired their weapon at Cobb, who was later found to have been shot three times in the abdomen. Life-saving measures were administered until medical services arrived, but Cobb succumbed to his injuries.

Family and Community Grieve

Loved ones of Ricky Cobb II, donning his favorite color, red, gathered for a vigil to express their grief, pain, and anger over his untimely death. The family released balloons and chanted his name during the solemn gathering.

Body Camera Footage Holds Clues

Attorney Joe Tamburino emphasizes the importance of body camera footage in shedding light on the incident and the actions leading to the shooting.

The tweet below verifies the news:

The presence of a domestic abuse no-contact order violation prompted the troopers to pursue Cobb, a scenario that has increasingly led to severe consequences during encounters with law enforcement.

Investigation Underway

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is leading the investigation, but no official statement has been released yet. Three troopers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave.

The state patrol has confirmed that both body and squad vehicle cameras were active during the incident, and they plan to release the footage “expeditiously” after the family has had an opportunity to view it.

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