Former WCCO anchor Trompeter OK after boyfriend's car stolen


A 42-year-old man is in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center after being shot by police following a car theft at the Lake Calhoun home of former WCCO anchor Jeanette Trompeter.

The car, a black BMW, belonged to her boyfriend, David Azbill. It was stolen as the couple were preparing to leave for a going-away party being held in Trompeter's honor. She as laid off in March, and is moving to San Luis Obispo, Calif., to work at KSBY-TV.

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Police and BMW were contacted, because the car contained a tracking device. Police located the car and attempted to stop it near Cedar Lake Road North and Chestnut Avenue West.

According to Minneapolis Police, three officers shot the suspect after he reportedly began charging at them in the car. They had already left their vehicles.

The man officers shot, a 42-year-old male, was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment. He was listed in critical condition Friday evening.

Trompeter and Abzill both expressed dismay that the theft ended in a hail of gunfire.

WCCO reporter Jason DeRusha said on his Facebook page that the party went on as planned.

"The big move to California is in the works," Trompeter wrote recently on her Web site. "I've put the house here in Minneapolis on the market, found temporary housing out west. I've scheduled some good-bye lunches, brunches and such, and have begun going through my life. I've moved a lot in the last 20 years."

Trompeter recently won a regional Emmy award for her work at WCCO