St. Paul police: Man wounded in leg after his gun discharges as officers search him

30October 2020

A man’s gun accidentally discharged when St. Paul officers were searching him Friday and he was shot in the leg, according to police.

Paramedics took the man to Regions Hospital, where he was being treated for an apparent non-life threatening injury.

Police were patrolling in the Payne-Phalen area, in the 1100 block of York Avenue, about 1:15 a.m. and “reported seeing two people acting suspiciously,” police said in a statement. Officers detained one of the men as they investigated.

Officers conducted a pat-down search of the man and found he had a handgun.

“At some point, the gun discharged, striking the man in the leg,” the police statement continued.

The man is in stable condition at Regions Hospital and under arrest for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

St. Paul police asked the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to investigate, which is the department’s policy when officers are involved in a shooting. The department says no officers fired their guns in this case.

Three officers who were present when the man’s gun went off will be put on standard administrative leave.

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