Newly released details in the fatal shooting by Minneapolis police of a man as he stabbed another man reveal that the suspect lunged at officers and struggled with them even after being shot.
The man the suspect was stabbing before dawn Monday in a Minnehaha Avenue apartment remained in critical condition Thursday at North Memorial Medical Center. He was identified by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) as Alan R. Coleman, 63 years old.
The BCA also released the identities of the officers involved in the shooting death of Raul Salvador Marquez Heraldes, 50, of Minneapolis. They are Eric Malmberg, with the department for three years; and David Robins, with the department for two years. Both officers are on standard administrative leave.
In the most detailed outline of the circumstances leading up to the death of Marquez Heraldes, the BCA said:
The officers responded to a 911 call to 2120 Minnehaha Avenue about 5:15 a.m. and encountered Marquez Heraldes in the building foyer armed with a knife.
As the officers opened the two-story building’s front door, Marquez Heraldes lunged at them with the knife. The officers retreated. From outside, they could see that Marquez Heraldes had entered an apartment. The officers followed him into the apartment and located him in the bathroom.
The officers attempted to speak with Marquez Heraldes through the door, and they soon began hearing screams for help from another person in the bathroom, later determined to be the apartment’s resident.
The officers forced their way in and found Marquez Heraldes stabbing the man. Both officers shot Marquez Heraldes. He died at Hennepin County Medical Center from multiple gunshot wounds.
As the officers attempted to secure him, Marquez Heraldes struggled with them, leaving Robins with a hand injury. He was treated for a broken bone and did not require hospitalization.
Once the BCA’s investigation is complete, the agency will turn its findings over to the Hennepin County attorney’s office for review of whether the shooting was justified.
Terry Haigler, who is a live-in manager at the apartment building, said he heard loud noises before dawn Monday from his neighbor’s apartment. When Haigler knocked on the door, Marquez Heraldes came out asking for help.
“He kept saying, ‘Please help me. Someone is trying to kill my family,’ ” Haigler said. “He was highly agitated.”
After saying he wanted to speak with his wife, Marquez Heraldes “then he started yelling, ‘I’m going to kill this man, I’m going to kill him,’ ” Haigler said. “The tenant [Coleman] started screaming, and [police] had no choice.”