17-Year-Old Named in Search Warrant That Led to Amir Locke's Death Arrested

A 17-year-old has been arrested in connection with the no-knock search warrant that led to last week's fatal shooting of 22-year-old Black man Amir Locke.

The shooting, which civil rights and gun rights groups have called preventable, has put increased scrutiny on the no-knock warrant, with Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey deciding to temporarily suspend them last week. The warrant's release will also show who signed the warrant, as Newsweek previously reported Judge Peter Cahill, who presided over former officer Derek Chauvin's trial, was reportedly the judge on duty when it was signed.

Locke died February 2, 2022, after Minneapolis police carried out a search warrant connected to a homicide investigation in an apartment where Locke was sleeping. Having just been woken up, Locke grabbed his gun, at which point an officer shot him. The warrant did not name Locke, Newsweek previously reported.

The Saint Paul Police Department stated on its Twitter account February 8 that a 17-year-old male suspect in the homicide investigation had been arrested the day prior in Winona, Minnesota.

"He was booked for Murder 2 in the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center, and charges are expected today from the Ramsey County Attorney's Office," a tweet said.

The department also added that the search warrant connected to the case will likely be unsealed after charges are filed, which many hope will provide answers both in the teen's case and in Locke's.

The arrest was made in connection with the January 10 killing of 38-year-old Otis R. Elder, who was found lying on a street with a gunshot wound, Minneapolis' Star Tribune reported. St. Paul police filed standard applications for search warrants for three apartments, including the one where Locke was shot but had to refile when Minneapolis police insisted on it being a no-knock warrant, not a "knock and announce," the report added.

The Star Tribune also said the arrested suspect lived in one of the apartments police searched, but not the one where Locke was shot. Locke is thought to be related to the teen, but this has not yet been confirmed.

Chauvin was convicted of second- and third-degree murder in the 2020 death of George Floyd, which sparked Black Lives Matter protests around the world. Locke's death, which happened in the same area, has also sparked protests. PBS reported hundreds of demonstrators marched in Minneapolis Saturday and a caravan of about 50 vehicles organized by the Racial Justice Network drove down the city's streets on Sunday.

The St. Paul Police Department did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

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Authorities arrested a 17-year-old connected to the warrant that led to Amir Locke's death. Above, a demonstrator holds a photo of Locke during a rally in protest of his killing outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on February 5. Photo by Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images