St. Paul police release body camera video of shootout that injured officer, killed man

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St. Paul police on Tuesday released body-worn and squad camera footage of last week’s shootout, during which a police officer was injured and a man was killed.

Officers were called to the Merriam Park neighborhood on Thursday just after 2 p.m. after a woman called 911 and reported a man who she had an order for protection against was following her as she drove in the area. She said the man, identified as Brandon Daleshaun Keys, was intentionally driving his vehicle into hers, was armed with a handgun and had broken out a window of her vehicle, police said Thursday night.

At Cretin and Marshall avenues, Keys got out of his car and approached the woman’s vehicle, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is investigating. Officer Michael Tschida arrived and ordered Keys, 24, to get on the ground.

Keys fired at Tschida and struck him in the lower leg, and Tschida returned fire, police said Thursday night. The BCA described the situation on as an exchange of gunfire, and said they recovered a handgun at the scene.

Tschida shot Keys in the head. Paramedics took Keys, of Maplewood, to Regions Hospital, where he died early Friday.

Tschida was treated and released from the hospital Thursday. He was placed on administrative leave, which is standard in such cases.

Mayor Melvin Carter and Police Chief Axel Henry previously said they’re committed to releasing body camera videos as soon as possible when an officer uses deadly force — after witness statements are collected and next of kin has an opportunity to view it.

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