MPD Seeks Public’s Help after 2 Shot at Bar Close; Internal Affairs Unit Investigates Officer Discharge of Weapon


November 19, 2016 (MINNEAPOLIS) Officers from the First Precinct responded to the 400 block of 3rd Avenue North, at approximately 2:11 a.m., on a report of 30-40 people fighting. When officers arrived at the location, they heard the sound of gunshots being fired in the area and saw a number of people running away from the scene.

Officers located an adult male who had been shot in the ankle. The male was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) by paramedics, where he was treated for a non-life threating gunshot wound.

Additional officers were requested to respond to the scene to help manage the large crowd. At that point, officers believed there was still an armed suspect in the area. In addition, there was a second call of shots being fired in the area.

As an officer was arriving to assist at the shooting scene, his squad was struck by a vehicle. The officer discharged his weapon once, striking the side of that vehicle. No one inside the vehicle was injured. The officer whose squad was struck was not hurt.

Officers at the shooting scene were then notified that a second adult male shooting victim, believed to be connected to the original fight call, had been dropped off at HCMC with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his arm.

Officers transported witnesses to city hall to be interviewed by investigators. The Minneapolis Police Department’s Homicide Unit and Internal Affairs Unit are investigating the shootings. 

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