Teen Arrested in Homicide Investigation That Led to Police Killing Amir Locke

Police arrested a teenage suspect in connection to a homicide investigation that led to police fatally shooting Amir Locke, a Black man, during a no-knock raid.

Saint Paul Police said on Feb. 8 that officers arrested a 17-year-old boy at about 3:45 p.m. local time on Feb. 7 in Winona, Minnesota in relation to the Jan. 10 fatal shooting of 32-year-old Otis Elder.

Saint Paul Police further said that that the teen was booked in the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center on a charge of second-degree murder.

Saint Paul Police confirmed to NBC News that the suspect is related to the no-knock warrant served at a Minneapolis apartment where a police officer shot and killed Locke early in the morning last week.

Court documents identified the suspect as Locke’s cousin.

Court documents also showed that police had search warrants for three apartments, one of which was for the apartment where Locke was killed, and it was the only one with a “no-knock warrant.”

Body camera footage of the Feb. 2 incident appeared to show Locke holding a gun with his finger off the trigger when an officer fired his weapon, hitting Locke twice in the chest and once in the wrist, within ten seconds upon entering the apartment.

The officer who shot Locke was identified as Mark Hanneman, who has been placed on a paid administrative leave in line with department policy.

In a statement, attorney Ben Crump, who represents Locke’s family, confirmed that Locke’s cousin was not in the apartment during the raid.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said on Feb. 5 that his office will work with the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office to conduct “a fair and thorough review” into the shooting of Locke.

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