A St. Paul couple’s apparent domestic dispute early Wednesday spilled out of their East Side apartment building and into the streets, where witnesses heard a woman cry for help and shout about a gun before several gunshots by police felled a man.

St. Paul police said three officers were at the scene near the intersection of Sinnen and E. 7th streets when Cordale Q. Handy was killed in an officer-involved shooting about 2:20 a.m., but many details remain unknown. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is investigating the incident, confirmed that two of the officers fired their guns. Their names have not been released.

“BCA crime scene personnel recovered a firearm outside of the apartment building and spent shell casings inside the apartment,” the BCA said.

Neither St. Paul police nor the BCA have said whether shots were fired inside an apartment in the 700 block of E. 6th Street, where one neighbor said Handy lived with his girlfriend, or to whom the gun belonged.

Before the fatal shooting, police had responded to the apartment complex for a domestic situation involving physical violence, according to the website Police Clips.

Handy’s brother, JaJuan Handy, said his brother’s girlfriend of about 10 years had called police after some type of argument. “She called the police because things went on, and maybe she wanted to be separated,” said JaJuan Handy, who lives near Chicago and did not witness the incident. “It might have been wrong done on both sides, but the injustice done on [the police end]” wasn’t merited.