Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman Announces:
A Minneapolis man has been charged with assault for driving his car at a police officer, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Tuesday.
Travis Sigurd Gudmundson, 26, is charged with one count of first-degree assault, use of deadly force against a peace officer.
According to the criminal complaint, on February 24 at approximately 7:30 p.m., officers were investigating recent shootings and a robbery that had occurred in the East Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis.
Officers reported that they saw a car speed out of a parking lot and go the wrong way on Ogema Place. They pursued the car, which made a sharp turn into another parking lot on EM Stately Street. The only person in the car was the driver, who was identified as Gudmundson. The police stopped at the entrance of the parking lot and got out of their squad car. They drew their guns and pointed them at Gudmundson’s car. He backed up his car so that it was facing the officers’ squad head on, about six feet away.
The officers stated that for approximately 35 seconds they had their guns pointed at Gudmundson with a spotlight on his car. They were yelling at him “Police! Put the car in park!” Gudmundson did not cooperate. Instead he accelerated his car and drove toward the officer on the passenger side of the squad. Gudmundson barely missed him. The officer shot at him four times. Gudmundson’s car was hit, but he was not injured and drove off. Other officers pursued him and about five minutes later found his car abandoned. Gudmundson had fled on foot, but was eventually apprehended.
Gudmundson is currently in custody and expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon.
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