A man shot and killed by St. Paul police
A call sending St. Paul police to a house on York St. Tuesday ended with one man dead and two officers on administrative leave, reported by both the Pioneer Press and WCCO.
The man police officers shot and killed was identified as Donald Gartner, 34.
Reports from the two sources differ as to who called police Tuesday night. The Pioneer Press reports that neighbors called about two men fighting with pipes in the backyard, while WCCO specultaes it was Gartner's girlfriend, Gloria "Tootsie" Telin.
When officers arrived, Gartner and Telin were the only people at the home. Telin had "obvious signs of domestic assault" and when police tried to arrest Gartner, he grabbed a knife.
The dispute continued outside the house, with Gartner lunging at officers. He kept the knife in hand after officers had told him to drop his weapon. Telin had locked herself inside the house. Officers shot Gartner, who was then taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where he later died.
The officers, Jessica Phillips and Cory Kochendorfer, are both on adminastrative leave. This is standard procedure after being involved in a shooting.