The governor of Minnesota declared a state of emergency in Minneapolis following reports of rioting and looting after a homicide suspect allegedly shot and killed himself.
Police in Minneapolis, a city that has been at the center of anti-police protests since the May 25 death of George Floyd, said that the black man who shot himself was a suspect in a homicide. They said that he is believed to have committed suicide and no weapons were used by police.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, a Democrat, said he requested assistance from Gov. Tim Walz to help restore the peace in the city, saying that the looting and unrest are more than the police could handle. He also requested assistance from the Minnesota National Guard.
Walz declared a state of emergency in Minneapolis, sending approximately 150 Minnesota State Patrol troopers to assist. He also deployed the National Guard.
Medaria Arradondo, the Minneapolis Police Department’s chief, told reporters that there were a number of false rumors being spread about the man's suicide. He was not identified.
“We had a homicide earlier this evening. And then we had someone create a self-inflicted gunshot wound and kill themselves. This was not an officer-related incident,” he said.
The unrest comes after two people were shot amid riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Several nights of unrest also occurred in the city after a Jacob Blake, a black man who had a warrant for his arrest for sexual assault, was shot several times by police.