Terrence Franklin reportedly fired shots that injured officers before he was shot and killed

Franklin, under attack from a police K9, was able to wrestle a submachine gun away from an officer before shooting two others, the Strib reports.
Franklin, under attack from a police K9, was able to wrestle a submachine gun away from an officer before shooting two others, the Strib reports.

Officially, the Minneapolis Police Department remains tight-lipped about what exactly happened during the May 10 altercation in the basement of a home on the 2700 block of Bryant Avenue South that left two officers injured and burglary suspect Terrence Franklin dead.

THE BACKSTORY: Terrence Franklin shot multiple times by MPD, but it's unclear whether he fired a shot himself

But the latest information to trickle out from unofficial channels indicates Franklin did indeed fire the shots from a police-issued submachine gun that hit two officers in the legs.

Over the weekend, the Star Tribune, citing "two sources with direct knowledge of the investigation," provided the following account of what happened in the basement:

Minneapolis police Sgt. Andrew Stender, a K9 handler who was leading the department's SWAT team into the basement and unleashed the dog, which charged at Franklin and began biting him.

Franklin broke away and went behind a water heater, the sources said. The dog began pulling him out and Franklin stood up. Stender shouted at Franklin to put his hands up. When he didn't cooperate, Stender started to drag Franklin out by his head as the dog kept its grip on his leg.

Stender, thinking he had the situation nearly under control, moved away to allow officer Luke Peterson, a member of the SWAT team, to step in.

Another struggle ensued, and Franklin broke away and leapt toward officer Mark Durand, another member of the SWAT team who was standing nearby with an MP5 submachine gun.

The sources said Durand struggled to hold the weapon down -- it was on single-shot mode, not automatic -- but Franklin was able to point it up and fire twice, shooting two other officers, Michael Meath and Ricardo Muro, in the legs.

Peterson, who was wearing a bullet-resistant vest, put himself between Durand and Franklin, who was still trying to get another shot off, the sources said.

Peterson then pulled out his side arm and shot Franklin, who died at the scene at 3:35 p.m., the sources said.

As she did during a news conference last Wednesday, MPD Chief Janeé Harteau again refused to comment on what the MPD's investigation has revealed thus far about the altercation in the wake of the Strib's report, telling reporters in an email that she "will not respond to information received from anonymous sources."

In other news, in a press release distributed last Friday, the MPD confirmed the identity of the officer who was behind the wheel of a police SUV involved in an accident that left 24-year-old motorcyclist Ivan Romero dead a half-hour after Franklin was shot and killed -- officer Joshua Young, a seven-year MPD veteran.

The release adds that Young, a National Guard veteran who served in Iraq and Somalia, has now been interviewed by investigators, and that Meath and Muro are scheduled to be interviewed this week.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at [email protected]

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