Attorneys for woman in Winston Smith's car say she did not see him with a gun

“She never saw a gun on Winston Smith, and she never saw a gun inside the vehicle at any time,” said lawyer Racey Rodne.

Rodne made a brief statement on the unnamed passenger’s behalf Thursday at a news conference at Girard Avenue and West Lake Street, addressing reporters outside the parking garage where Smith, 32, was killed June 3.

Several activists and lawyers spoke at the emotional news conference to continue raising questions about the lack of transparency in the case, a week after officials said Smith fired from his car as a task force led by the U.S. Marshals Service tried to arrest him on a warrant from Ramsey County on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a gun.

On Thursday evening, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension spokesman Bruce Gordon said the investigating agency stands by its earlier statement that evidence from the scene “indicates that [Smith] fired his weapon from inside the vehicle.” BCA investigators recovered a handgun and spent cartridges from “inside the driver’s compartment,” the BCA’s statement continued.

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