Editor's Note: This story has been updated to correct a time reference.
According to city officials, the man identified as Torres was killed during an altercation with an on-duty Olivia Police Department officer who discharged his weapon. The city news release sent July 4 stated the man was armed and confronted the officer in an alley around 2:20 a.m. Sunday in the 800 block of Lincoln Avenue, but did not further describe what happened.
Family and friends of Torres, many wearing white shirts that read “Justice for Ricky Torres,” lit candles, reminisced and mourned their friend.
The makeshift memorial in the alleyway where Torres was killed is adorned with a cross, flowers, candles and words of remembrance.
“We love you, Ricky, and you will never be forgotten,” Natasha Lindner, Torres’ girlfriend and mother to his nine-month-old child, said at the vigil.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension wrote in a news release that a shotgun was found near where Torres was shot and that there is no dash camera or other known video of the shooting. Olivia police officers do not have or wear body cameras.
“No cop should be judge, jury and executioner,” Lindner said.
A portion of Ninth Street was temporarily shut down when mourners confronted people in pickup trucks adorned with American, Trump and blue line flags circled the block around the protest.
No injuries or arrests were seen.
A public records request sent to Olivia City Administrator Dan Coughlin regarding Officer Aaron Clouse's time at the Olivia Police Department had not been fulfilled as of Wednesday night.
Torres was transported to Olivia Hospital & Clinic, where he was pronounced deceased, according to the city news release.
Officer Clouse has been placed on standard administrative leave pending the completion of the BCA's investigation.
Olivia is located about 25 miles south of Willmar. The town is the county seat of Renville County.