A Minnesota man appears to have live-streamed the final moments of his life Saturday night before a confrontation with police that left him dead.
A video posted to the Facebook page of Brian Quinones, 30, shows the man listening to music and driving calmly outside Minneapolis just after 10 p.m. The blue and red lights of police cruisers flash in his rear window.
Eventually Quinones stops the car, climbs from the driver’s seat and disappears from view.
Moments later, the voices of police can be heard over the blaring music. Next came gunfire, a spray of bullets in two bursts — about 10 shots.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting, which involved officers from police departments in the Edina and Richfield, suburbs of Minneapolis. In separate statements, the agencies offered limited information about what had happened, but said that Quinones had “confronted officers with a knife.”
A “police pursuit” through Edina and Richfield “ended in an officer-involved shooting,” one statement said. No officers were injured, officials said, but they did not disclose how many officers were involved or their names.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, the agency investigating the shooting, declined to answer questions from The Washington Post, including how many officers discharged their weapons and how many rounds were fired.
The county medical examiner’s office identified Quinones as the victim and said he died from “multiple gunshot wounds.”
“The loss of life in any shooting is a tragedy,” the city of Richfield said in a statement.
Richfield and Edina officials offered condolences to Quinones’ family.
At about 10:20 p.m. Saturday, Edina police told dispatch a man had run a red light and would not pull over his vehicle, authorities told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Officers continued to follow Quinones into Richfield, where he allegedly drove through more red lights, according to emergency dispatch audio reviewed by the Star Tribune.
The shooting takes place 12 minutes into Quinones’ apparent live stream.
The Star Tribune reported that Quinones’ phone continued to record for another 97 minutes after the shooting. As people gathered at the scene in the rain, family members huddled and cried, and the crowd criticized police for firing their weapons, according to the newspaper.
Friends and family told the Star Tribune Quinones was a married father who had a passion for making music. The same day he died, the Star Tribune reported, he released his latest album, titled T.I.M.E. — an acronym for “This Is My Everything.”
Bryan Vinces, a family friend, told the Star Tribune Quinones worked at General Mills and as a barber. “Family was kind of the most important thing to him,” Vinces told the newspaper. “He wanted to be the dad that his dad wasn’t to him.”
More than 100 people attended a candlelight vigil for Quinones on Sunday night, and several dozen later broke off and blocked the westbound lane of Interstate 494 in protest of his death.