Death – Community searching for answers after man shot, killed in Austin

Death – Obituary

It all started last Wednesday when officers were called to northwest Austin after hearing reports of a man walking in traffic with a knife.

Police said the man retreated into a nearby apartment building as officers tried to detain him several times.

The next day the man walked to a nearby Kwik trip and officers followed him there in the parking lot.

Austin PD says the man confronted police with a knife, that’s when an officer fired their gun at him. He died at the scene.

“They did everything from trying to use tear gas, the cannons, they broke out all of the windows, they tore out the ac unit, they tore off his front porch I know the gentleman through the neighborhood. But I never felt threatened by him.”

The medical examiner hasn’t officially identified the man killed yet, but family members and friends identified him on this GoFundMe page as Kokou Christopher Fiafonou. The page says he suffered from mental illness, and that the family doesn’t believe he was armed. 

We reached out to the Austin Police department, Mower County Sheriff’s office, and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for more information, and they all referred ABC 6 News to a press release from last week.

ABC 6 News also reached out to Fiafonou’s family who tells us they aren’t taking any interviews at this time as they prepare for Christopher’s funeral.

Austin mayor Steve King and several city council members also declined to comment.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is still investigating.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.