911 transcript: Driver who hit woman outside State Fair worried he’d need to shoot

SAINT PAUL, Minn (KARE-TV) — After a driver hit a woman outside the Minnesota State Fairgrounds at about 10:00 p.m. on Labor Day, he immediately called 911 to report it, and feared for his own safety, the 911 transcript reveals.

The caller began by saying, “I’m in front of the State Fair. I just hit someone. She jumped out in front of my car.”

Police say the driver was not intoxicated and did not commit a crime. Police believe he was driving 20-30 mph on Snelling Ave. when the crash happened.

“There’s a huge crowd. They been kick… they’re kickin’ my car,” the driver told the dispatcher.

He went on to say, “I’m armed. I do have a sidearm. I can defend myself if necessary.”

The transcript notes screaming and yelling can be heard in the background.

“Please, the cops… I can see them down there. They’re with another group. Please send someone quickly,” the man said.

The dispatcher answered, “Hang on for me. You need to keep yourself safe.”

“I’m a little beside myself,” the man said.

“Hang on! Hang on for me!” the dispatcher answered.

“Should I leave? You better send a cop to get here quick, I’mma kill this dude,” the driver said.

“No! Do not… hang on,” the dispatcher said.

“They break this window, I will shoot someone,” the driver said.

The dispatcher then tells the man to drive away, and arranges an officer to meet him at the Arby’s on Snelling Ave.

The driver explained to the dispatcher he was leaving his gun in his glove box so that it would not cause an issue with police.

St. Paul police did not charge the man with any crime, and call the incident a tragedy.

Ryan Haff

Ryan Haff

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