Suspect Fleeing Scene of Crime Causes Death of Innocent Person

May 1, 2019 (MINNEAPOLIS) At 6:20 pm Minneapolis Police responded to a report of two suspicious vehicles possibly engaged in drug activity on the mid-3300 block of Aldrich Avenue North. Upon arrival, the officers observed the two vehicles matching the suspect vehicle description described in the call.

Officers made contact with the drivers of both vehicles . As one officer went back to the squad, the other officer spoke with the second driver.  The driver of the first vehicle swerved around the second car that the officer was standing next to, and accelerated rapidly towards the officer.  The officer was able to take evasive action to avoid being struck.  The officer was able to regain his balance and run back to the squad car.  The officers advised dispatch that they were attempting to catch up to the vehicle leaving the scene at a high rate of speed.

Officers drove in the direction the suspect was last seen driving. Shortly after, they came across a crash at 36th and Aldrich Avenue North.  An officer was able to apprehend the suspect while the second officer rendered aid to the victim of this crash.  The victim of the crash was transported to North Memorial Medical Center via ambulance where he died a short time later of his injuries.

Preliminary investigation yields the suspect vehicle entered the intersection at a high rate of speed striking a vehicle that was in the intersection.

The Minneapolis Police Department’s Homicide and Traffic Units have begun a joint investigation into the crash and death. The Minneapolis Police Department’s Crime Lab came to the scene to collect evidence and document parts of the scene.

The name of the deceased will be released by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office, along with the nature and cause of death.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). All Tips are anonymous and persons providing information leading to an arrest may be eligible for a financial reward.  Persons may also call the MPD TIP Line at 612-692-TIPS (8477).   Case number 19-122672.