Original story from Fox 9:
Family and friends of a man who was shot and killed by police in Olivia, Minnesota are calling for a thorough investigation into the deadly encounter.
Loved ones identified the deceased as 32-year-old Ricardo Torres, Jr.
Authorities haven’t released much about the deadly interaction, which happened in the alley right off Highway 212 that runs through the Renville County community in western Minnesota.
According to the city of Olivia, around 2:20 a.m. on July 4 an Olivia police officer confronted an armed Torres and then shot and killed him. The officer, who has not been named publicly, was placed on customary administrative leave. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the incident.
The 32-year-old’s loved ones insist the official narrative isn’t adding up. They say he was known to carry a pellet gun, but they claim an officer on the city’s police force had it out for Torres. Court records show a prior fleeing incident that resulted in a cop deploying a Taser to arrest Torres.
Friends and family members say they want to know why Sunday morning’s confrontation turned deadly.
A candlelight vigil will be held at the scene of the deadly police shooting on Wednesday, July 7 at 9 p.m.