Bodycam Released In Shooting Of William Hughes

St. Paul police officers fatally shot a 43-year-old after he raised a gun “in a sweeping fashion over the officers,” Police Chief Todd Axtell said Friday as he released body camera footage.

On Aug. 5, police responded to a report of shots fired about 2:30 a.m. at William James Hughes’ apartment at 905 St. Anthony Ave.

The first officers to arrive, Vince Adams and Matt Jones, “slowly approached the house” and entered an enclosed porch, Axtell said.

Adams knocked on an apartment door and a man could be heard saying, “I will kill you,” Axtell reported Friday.

“A few seconds later, Mr. Hughes opens the door,” Axtell said. “You will see Mr. Hughes begin to raise the gun in a sweeping fashion over the officers, who fired their service weapons.”

After the shooting, Mayor Melvin Carter called for the officers’ videos to be released as soon as possible. On Aug. 7, St. Axtell said he expected to show the videos to William James Hughes’ family and then release them publicly within 10 days.

Axtell said he showed the videos to Hughes’ family on Friday.


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