Two Minneapolis cops shot near Lyn-Lake in home owned by MPR producer
-- This is a breaking news post. Updates are at bottom --
Two cops were reportedly shot while investigating a forced entry this afternoon in south Minneapolis, according to chatter on the Minneapolis police scanner.
Around 3:30 p.m., dozens of police sirens were wailing in the Franklin Avenue and Lyndale area as cops rushed to the scene. Helicopters could be heard whirring overhead.
The shootings occurred at 2717 Bryant Avenue South, and the officers were rushed to the hospital. They're expected to survive their injuries and are in stable condition at HCMC.
Here's a Google streetview image of the home where the shooting occurred:
Here's a photo from the scene:
-- Karla Hult (@karlahult) May 10, 2013
From the official MPD Twitter feed:
Started as a suspect in car fleeing police. Then a foot chase. Suspect fled into a house. Officers were clearing house when shots were fired
-- Minneapolis Police (@MPD_PIO) May 10, 2013
From MPR (emphasis ours):
Several dozen Minneapolis police officers have surrounded a home in south Minneapolis, and at least one police officer has been injured in an apparent shooting incident, according to the owner of the home who is an MPR News producer...
The homeowner saw a police officer on the front yard receiving medical treatment for what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the leg. The officer was taken away in an ambulance.
The suspect is dead, according to numerous reports.
The Bryant Avenue home is owned by MPR producer Jim Bickal. Here's a picture of Bickal from the MPR website:
Bickal, in an MPR interview, said the fact the foot chase ended in a shootout in his home was entirely random. He said none of his family members were hurt.
"My cat is in the house. I'm not sure what happened to him, but otherwise, I was in the neighbor's house when all of this went down," he said.
Here's a photo from HCMC:
PD blocks HCMC ambulance entrance where officers and suspect were allegedly brought. twitter.com/SGrossStrib/st...
-- Shari L. Gross(@SGrossStrib) May 10, 2013
At a late afternoon news conference, MPD Chief Janeé Harteau said the officers' names won't be released at this time.
From Mayor Rybak:
Visited 2 officers shot in hospital and blessed both stable. Pls keep them and their families in prayers, and thank police for bravery
-- Mayor R.T. Rybak (@MayorRTRybak) May 10, 2013
KSTP reports that a motorcyclist was killed in a crash with a police squad car at West 26th Street and Blaisdell Avenue during the car chase that culminated in the shootout that left two officers injured and the suspect dead (you can see photos of the motorcyclist lying dead in the street here).
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