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Things to know about the fatal shooting of a police officer in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis police officer shot and killed last week was an outgoing man who loved his job, his family said.

Officer Jamal Mitchell, 36, died in Thursday's shooting. Police said the man who shot him was 35-year-old Mustafa Mohamed. Officers responding to the call killed Mohamed and a state agency identified the officers on Sunday.

Another victim of the shooting, 32-year-old Osman Said Jimale, was later found dead in an apartment. Four other people, including one of the police officers and a firefighter, were injured.

Here are some things you should know.

WHO WERE THE POLICE OFFICERS INVOLVED IN THE SHOOTING?

The officers who shot Mohamed were Nick Kapinos, who has 10 years of law enforcement experience, and Luke Kittock, who has nine years of experience, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). Kapinos fired his service weapon and Kittock fired his service rifle, it said.

Both officers were placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard procedure in police-involved shootings.

WHAT HAPPENED?

Officers responded to a call about a shooting at an apartment complex. Mitchell was the first to arrive, BCA said. As he approached the complex, he said over the police radio that he saw two injured men – Mohamed and a bystander – in the street.

Mitchell got out of his car and approached Mohamed, who was sitting next to a parked vehicle, BCA said. Mitchell asked Mohamed if he was injured and needed help.

“Without warning, Mohamed pulled out a gun and shot Mitchell at close range,” BCA said. “Mitchell fell to the ground, incapacitated.”

Additional officers arrived and saw Mohamed continue to shoot at Mitchell, BCA said. As those officers approached, Mohamed began firing at them, according to the agency.

Kapinos and Kittock returned fire, hitting Mohamed multiple times, according to BCA. He died at the scene. Mitchell died in hospital.

Kittock was injured in the shooting and was treated at the hospital. A Minneapolis firefighter was also treated for injuries. The bystander who was shot is in critical but stable condition.

Investigators found a handgun with an extended magazine and several shell casings at the scene, BCA said. Agents are currently reviewing body-worn camera and patrol car camera videos.

When other officers entered the apartment, they found two people shot. Jimale was dead and the other person was seriously injured.

WHO WAS KILLED?

Police have provided little information about Mohamed or Jimale.

Mitchell was an engaged father. He had been with the department for about 18 months.

The police department posted on Facebook last year that Mitchell and another officer rescued an elderly couple from a house fire on Feb. 7, 2023, Mitchell's third day on the job. The post said Mitchell and Officer Zachery Randall ran inside and got the couple out before the house was fully engulfed in flames.

“I told him, 'You're one of the good guys, Jamal,'” close friend Allison Seed told the Minnesota Star Tribune. “They really needed him.”

Mitchell was an outgoing person with a big smile and a tendency to cheer up those around him, his family said.

“If he saw someone with a frying pan on the corner, he would reach into his pocket and give in,” Janet Raper-Edwards, Mitchell's mother, told Minnesota Public Radio. “He just loved people.”

Raper-Edwards said Mitchell has six siblings, including a twin.

UNANSWERED QUESTIONS

What exactly led to the shooting and what the shooter's motives were are still unknown. The connection between the two shooting locations remains unclear. Police said that the people in the apartment “knew each other in some way.”

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said authorities were still investigating and asked the public to “be patient as we don't know all the facts yet. We want to make sure the investigation is complete and we do it right.”