According to the local police department, authorities began to pursue 30-year-old Brian Quinones at 10:22 p.m. near the city of Edina. No details have been offered as to what initiated the chase, but it is reported the driver live-streamed video from inside his car that showed police lights flashing behind him as he calmly drove along.
The video was soon removed from Facebook and authorities have yet to determine its authenticity.
At one pointin the clip, Quinones allegedly stopped and got out of his car, seemingly ending the pursuit. However, he tried to flee the scene and the officers could be seen shooting – and killing him. Emergency dispatch audio reveals one of the officers yelled “drop the knife!” before opening fire on the man.
The Star Tribune reports that the man posted an apology on social media prior to starting the live stream of the pursuit. He also released an album titled ‘T.I.M.E. (This Is My Everything)’ on the same day he died, writing on Facebook “I Pray You Treasure It… My Hearts Inside It.”
“The Edina and Richfield police departments express our thoughts and prayers to all those involved in this tragic incident,” a statement issued after the incident reads. “These are some of the most difficult scenarios officers will ever face in their careers. No officer ever reports for duty hoping to be involved in something like this.”