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Ryan took cover by a house and lost sight of Nelson’s hand and gun. Nelson turned and Ryan shot at him a third time, the charges said. Nelson fell in a boulevard and medics were radioed.
Nelson wasn’t wearing body armor, Padilla said.
Nelson’s hands were empty when Ryan approached him, but according to the complaint, a gun was recovered on the ground near a home in the 1700 block of Dayton Avenue that Nelson had run past.
Nelson told police he fled because he thought he had warrants for not paying train fares in Minneapolis. He said he had a cellphone in his hand, not a gun, the complaint said.
Nelson does not have a criminal record in Minnesota. The car he was allegedly riding in was found vacant about five hours later in northeast Minneapolis.
Ryan is a 15-year veteran of the department. He suffered a knee injury during the incident and was placed on a routine three-day leave.
According to personnel records, Ryan was disciplined once during his time in the department for conduct unbecoming a police officer in 2005. He has had more than a dozen commendations including a Medal of Commendation last year from Police Chief Tom Smith.
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