Recently released body camera footage shows a police officer in Minnesota firing several shots through a closed door, injuring a man.
Tyler Leibfried and Cory Lindsholm, officers with the Duluth Police Department, responded to a report of a possible domestic disturbance on Sept. 12, 2020, according to Twin Cities. When the officers approached the third-floor apartment unit, they heard two loud noises. They later alleged they believed the noises were gunshots, though an investigation suggests the noises were probably from the occupant of the unit, Jared Fyle, closing a door.
The footage shows the officers seeking cover before Leibfried says “shots fired” over the radio. About 10 seconds after the banging noises were heard, Leibfried pulls out his gun, firing into the door, which had no signs of damage, four times.
Fyle, 23, can be heard yelling out in pain and pleading with the officer to stop. Leibfried fires an additional two rounds into the door. Fyle, along with others in the building, can still be heard screaming.
“Please! Stop!” Fyle screams. “Can I open the door? Stop! Ow! I got shot! Open the door! Open the door! Please! Stop!”
He repeats “stop” at least nine times, Twin Cities reports.
Leibfried then calls for medical assistance for Fyle.
Before the incident occurred, the officers had already decided that there “did not appear to be probable cause” to arrest Fyle but that they still wanted to speak with him. Leibfried failed to announce himself as police.
Leibfried has since been charged with intentional and reckless discharge of a firearm. The footage was released after his attorney requested to dismiss the two felony firearm charges against him. Sixth Judicial District Judge Sally Tarnowski upheld the charges on Monday.
Duluth police said Leibfried will remain “off-duty indefinitely,” according to Twin Cities.
Fyle still has a bullet lodged in his back and has since retained an attorney, though it remains unclear what legal action he plans to take.
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H/T Twin Cities