A second teenager has been charged in the homicide investigation that led to the shooting death of Amir Locke in a predawn ‘no hit’ raid in Minneapolis earlier this month.
A 16-year-old boy has been charged with two counts of aiding and abetting second-degree murder in the January 10 shooting of 38-year-old Otis Elder in nearby St. Paul, according to documents filed Tuesday in the Ramsey County.
Video of the shooting shows one person getting on the passenger side of Elder’s vehicle while the other approached the driver’s side, according to court documents. A gunshot was heard and the person on the driver’s side picked up items from the ground before the couple fled.
Investigators say the teenager’s mobile phone was near the scene just before the shooting was reported and his fingerprints were found on the stolen vehicle the suspects were using to get away. The teen’s DNA was also found on a jacket that appears to have been worn by the person in the passenger seat during the shooting, authorities said.
Prosecutors have requested a warrant for the teen’s arrest, but St. Paul police spokesman Steve Linders confirmed he has not yet been arrested.
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On February 2, police investigating Elder’s death tracked the teenage suspects to the Bolero Flats building in Minneapolis and executed search warrants at three apartments.
Locke, 22, was sleeping in one of the apartments when officers entered just before 7am. He was not named in the search warrant.
Body cam video shows the SWAT team quietly opening the door with a key before shouting out loud a jumble of commands and kicking the couch, causing Locke, who was wrapped in a blanket. Locke was holding a gun with his finger on the trigger when Officer Mark Hanneman fired his gun, hitting him twice in the chest and once in the wrist. The confrontation lasted less than 10 seconds.
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The shooting sparked several days of protest and reignited criticism from the Minneapolis Police Department. Mayor Jacob Frey has imposed a temporary moratorium on no-knock warrants as the city reevaluates its policy.
At Locke’s funeral last week, his family and their attorney Ben Crump again called for a blanket ban on no-knock warrants. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union last week announced an effort to force the city to release more information about the shooting.
Contributors: Tami Abdollah and Christine Fernando, USA TODAY; The Associated Press
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