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Police shoot domestic assault suspect after knife report

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Family members have confirmed the individual fatally shot was Delshawn Crawford. Family members have confirmed the individual fatally shot was Delshawn Crawford.

Family members and police have very different descriptions of what happened in the moments prior to an officer-involved shooting in Minneapolis.

Police say they were called to an apartment on the 3000 block of 19th Ave. S. shortly after 2 a.m. on Saturday after a neighbor reported concerns about a couple fighting and threats involving a knife.

"When they arrived, [officers] heard screaming inside the apartment door," said Assistant Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau. "They were unable to gain entry as no one would let them in, so they forced entry and as soon as the door opened, a man brandished a knife and approached the officers. They were forced to defend themselves and returned fire."

Family members have confirmed the man who was fatally shot was Delshawn Crawford.

Crawford's girlfriend, Brandy Lewis, admits they were fighting, but she had no idea neighbors had called police.

"Our relationship had it's ups and downs but was like every other relationship," says Lewis. She is five weeks pregnant with Crawford's child.

Lewis, along with Crawford's family members, insist he was not armed at the time of the shooting. Lewis told FOX 9 News the knife was -- and remained -- on a table. She also said that police did not announce themselves before forcing their way into the apartment.

"They did not knock on the door. They just busted in and started shooting. I don't understand that, and now he's gone and I ain't never going to see him again," Lewis told FOX 9 News.

Police say the officers were forced to defend themselves, shooting and killing Crawford.

Crawford was on supervised release from Hennepin Council Jail. He had numerous criminal charges against him, including multiple domestic assaults, DUI and terrorist threat charges.

The officers involved have been with the Minneapolis Police Department for 15 and 4 years, and have been put on a standard three day administrative leave.

The incident is being investigated by both the homicide and internal affairs departments.

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