At press time, it’s not known what caused the death of Quincy Smith, 24, who was involved in a reported domestic assault in early Tuesday. Five officers were later put on leave.
Authorities are investigating what caused the death of a domestic assault suspect and former radio DJ in Minneapolis Tuesday after he fought with police and was shot with a Taser. Quincy Smith, 24, of Minneapolis, who died early Tuesday after the confrontation with police, worked at the north Minneapolis station KMOJ Radio for less than two years, the station said. He was on the air five nights a week as “Q the Blacksmith,” until about a year ago.
The Hennepin County medical examiner’s office has not yet determined Smith’s cause of death. Around 12:45 a.m., Minneapolis police officers were called to a home in the 1000 block of Knox Avenue N. on a report of a domestic assault involving a man with a rifle, said Minneapolis police spokesman Sgt. William Palmer.
When officers arrived, they found Smith outside of the home. At one point, an officer did see him with a long gun, but Smith was out of sight of the officers for a period of time, Palmer said. A gun has not been recovered, Palmer said.