2 Minneapolis officers in stable condition after shooting; suspect dead

5:41 PM, May 11, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Minneapolis police say a suspect is dead after a shootout that injured two officers. The shooting happened after a traffic stop in Uptown on Friday afternoon. The officers were in stable condition but the male suspect was dead.

Meanwhile, a police squad car responding to the shooting scene collided with a motorcycle with a man and woman riding it. The man was killed and the woman was injured.

The officers, both male, were shot around 3:30 p.m. in the 2700 block of Bryant Avenue South.

The Minneapolis Police have tweeted that the two officers hit were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center and that they are in stable condition.

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau held a news conference Friday afternoon. She confirmed that the suspect in the shooting was shot and killed. Chief Harteau called it a tragic situation. "This is a very tough day for the Minneapolis Police Department," Harteau said.

Police have not identified anyone yet.

Just after 4:30 p.m. the Minneapolis Police Department tweeted: "Scene is Code 4. Only one suspect involved. MPD not looking for any other suspects."

Police say the incident started after the suspect drove off during a traffic stop. It turned from a car chase into a foot chase. The suspect broke into a house. Officers were clearing the home when a shootout erupted.

"All of a sudden this guy ran through on the sidewalk...next thing I know shots are fired and I hear get down!" neighbor Elizabeth Merrick-Thompson said.

The suspect allegedly opened fired on at least two Minneapolis officers who were pursuing him.

"It's just scary and very very sad," Merrick-Thompson said.

Meantime, while officers were responding to the shooting a police squad car collided with a motorcycle. It happened at 26th Street and Blaisdell Avenue. The man was killed and the woman was injured and is being treated at Hennepin County Medical Center.

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