MPD says it found gun ditched by Terrence Franklin during chase that ended with his death
The MPD says Franklin was shot to death in a Lyn-Lake-area basement after he grabbed an officer's MP5 and fired shots.
About 10 months after burglary suspect Terrence Franklin was fatally shot by MPD officers, the Minneapolis Police Department announced it found a handgun apparently ditched by him during the foot chase that culminated in his death.
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A press release distributed by the MPD this morning says the gun was stolen from a home in northeast Minneapolis on May 9, the day before all hell broke loose after Franklin was identified as a burglary suspect while driving down Lyndale Avenue South and pulled over.
Here, via the release, is a timeline culminating in the gun being "forensically tied" to Franklin:
-- May 9th, 2013. Burglary of dwelling at 427 Taylor Street NE. Homeowner reports a TV and handgun were stolen.
-- May 10th, 2013. Terrance Franklin dumps a vehicle on the 500 block of West 28th Street in Minneapolis. 5 blocks away, he takes a gun from a Minneapolis Police Officer and severely wounds 2 officers in a struggle before he is shot and killed.
-- October 28th, 2013. A homeowner at 524 28th Street West found a sock with a 9 mm gun inside of it wedged between his home's foundation and back porch. The homeowner called police who recovered the sock and gun. The serial number on the gun matches the number of the gun stolen from 427 Taylor Street NE on May 9th.
-- October 29th, 2013. Minneapolis Police Department Crime Lab forensic scientists swab the handgun, magazine and live cartridges for possible DNA evidence and latent fingerprints.
-- October 30th, 2013. Minneapolis Police Sergeants take the DNA swabs, sock, and handgun to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for DNA analysis, a common practice.
-- March 4th, 2014. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension informs the Minneapolis Police Department that Terrance Franklin's DNA profile was found on the sock.
The MPD says Franklin's gun was found outside the house at the far right of this photo.
Reached for comment this morning, MPD spokesman John Elder said it would be "inappropriate" for him to speak about the development ahead of a 10:30 a.m. news conference. An MPD official said at the newser that Franklin wasn't a suspect in the northeast burglary until the evidence connecting him to the stolen gun emerged.
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