Shelby Ruud

UPDATE:

In a press conference at 8:30 p.m. on the Quad, Officer Moreno confirmed that an autopsy showed that Amanda Dunn died as a result of a stroke, not to injuries received from an attack. The blunt-force trauma was a result of Dunn hitting the ground.

A group protesting police brutality cut the press conference short.

Makinzie Hunter, a protester and an eyewitness to the incident, claimed that Shawn Bennett was attempting to help Dunn.

The officer involved in the incident is under investigation and is on paid administrative leave.

In a press conference earlier today, police confirmed that an officer shot a man who appeared to be attacking a woman outside of Caffe Ibis. The man died at the scene and the woman died at the hospital from blunt-force trauma to the back of the head.

The officer, who remains unnamed at this point, was conducting a routine patrol when he saw what appeared to be Shawn Bennett, a 22-year-old African American man who was working at Caffe Ibis at the time, attacking Amy Dunn, a 32-year-old white woman.

The officer approached and gave three warnings, drawing his firearm on the second warning. Bennett reached backwards and appeared to be drawing something from his bag. At that point, the officer shot Bennett three times. He died at the scene.

Dunn was taken to the hospital with severe blunt-force trauma to the back of the head, where she passed away later that evening.

“We are currently investigating and debriefing the officer involved to make sure he acted in the right,” said James Marino, the officer who conducted the press conference.

Marino said that he couldn’t confirm that Bennett was attacking Dunn. Marino said that no weapons were found on Bennett. There is no information on what caused the blunt-force trauma to Dunn’s head.

According to Carl Baxter, an employee of Caffe Ibis, said that all employees working at the time of the shooting were sent home and told by officers to not disclose any information.

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