Man fatally shot by police had history of domestic violence

After a standoff in which the children were let out the front door, neighbors said officers pursued the 28-year-old husband, Phumee Lee, from the Dayton’s Bluff home in the 400 block of Earl Street, and shot him on a street just around the corner Lee died at the scene.

St. Paul police gave some preliminary information about the 6 p.m. incident during a press conference later that night. They noted they wouldn’t be adding anything Friday morning, as the case had been turned over to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

During the evening press conference, police said they received a 911 call from the woman and met with her. They then went around the corner to see if the kids were alright.

Police tried calling the man to come out of the home and saw children looking out an upstairs window, according to dispatches captured by MN Police Clips. The children came out of the home and said their father had left.

As officers searched the house, police outside reported seeing a man who matched the suspect’s description behind a garage, according to the emergency radio traffic.

During the Thursday press conference, police did not detail what led officers to fire their guns. Sgt. Mike Ernster, a St. Paul police spokesman, said a gun was located at the scene, though he did not indicate where it was found.