[UPDATE]: The shooter is being identified by several media outlets as Raymond Kmetz, 68, who has a history of mental illness and making threats toward local city officials.
During last night's New Hope City Council meeting a man opened fire on a group of police officers following a swearing-in ceremony for two new officers. Two officers -- authorities have not yet released their names -- suffered non-life-threatening injuries and the gunman was killed when police returned fire, according to multiple media reports.
The surreal situation began around 7:15 p.m. right outside of council chambers. A video of the incident shows John Elder, a Minneapolis police officer who serves on the New Hope City Council, draw a gun shortly after the shots ring out.
[UPDATE] 1/27 5:00 PM: Elder reached out to us this afternoon and wanted to assure everyone it was not him who yelled "Shit!"
says Elder someone says as the shots break out. "Get down, get down, everybody get down," he says nudging City Council member Andy Hoffe to the ground.
"That went right through the door. Somebody got shot," someone is heard saying over Elder's repeated commands to stay down. "If this is being taped go to commercial, go away from this," Elder says.
After that the cameras keep rolling but audio cuts out as Elder sits, gun drawn, for several minutes until police clear the room. A shot of the council chambers shows several people from the audience hiding under chairs.
According to the council agenda, Joshua Eernisse and Adam Johnson were the officers being sworn in. They both began working for New Hope PD exactly one year ago, on Jan. 27, 2014. Both had been on their own since early April and had just passed their one-year probation period.
According to a New Hope Crime Prevention Fund newsletter from last summer, Eernisse previously worked for the Mason City, Iowa, police department since 2008 and moved back to Minnesota to be closer to his family.
Johnson worked mainly in county jails as a deputy sheriff with Hennepin County since 2010 before moving on to New Hope PD. He grew up in Andover, according to the newsletter.
Authorities have not identified the man who was killed, or who shot him. Check back for updates.
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