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Dozens mourn Olivia, Minn., man shot by police; memorial briefly disrupted by pickup drivers

Family and friends of Ricardo Torres Jr., many wearing white shirts that read “Justice for Ricky Torres,” lit candles, reminisced and mourned their friend Wednesday night in Olivia, Minn.

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Family members light candles to honor the life of 32-year-old Ricardo Torres Jr. at a candlelight vigil Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in a downtown Olivia alleyway. Torres was fatally shot by an Olivia police officer on Sunday, July 4, 2021. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune
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OLIVIA , Minn. — Dozens gathered as the sun set Wednesday, July 7, to remember Ricardo Torres Jr., the man killed by an Olivia Police Department officer during an altercation early Sunday morning, July 4.

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 Torres was killed is adorned with a cross, flowers, candles and words of remembrance.

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“We love you Ricky and you will never be forgotten,” Natasha Lindner, Torres’ girlfriend and mother to his 9-month-old child, said at the vigil.

“No cop should be judge, jury and executioner,” Lindner said.

Meanwhile, a portion of Ninth Street was briefly shut down when people in pick-up trucks adorned with American, Trump and blue line flags, circled the block around the protest and were confronted by mourners. MPR News reported that some trucks stopped and revved their engines, spewing exhaust, while others drove aggressively.

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Protesters confront vigil attendees along Ninth Street South in Olivia on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, near the downtown Olivia alleyway where 32-year-old Ricardo Torres Jr. was fatally shot by an Olivia police officer on Sunday, July 4, 2021. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

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 he 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.

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.

The officer, Aaron Clouse, has been placed on administrative leave pending the completion of the BCA's investigation.

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A public records request sent to Olivia City Administrator Dan Coughlin regarding Clouse's time at the Olivia Police Department has not been fulfilled as of Thursday night.

Torres was transported to Olivia Hospital & Clinic , where he was pronounced dead, according to the release.

Olivia is about 25 miles south of Willmar. The town is the county seat of Renville County.

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Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at mwasson@postbulletin.com.
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