Authorities ID officers shot in Minneapolis

6:09 PM, May 12, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Authorities have identified the two officers wounded in a shooting in Minneapolis Friday afternoon.

Officers Michael Meath and Ricardo Muro remain in satisfactory condition at Hennepin County Medical Center.

The officers were shot in a series of events Friday that left two men dead and a woman injured.

The dead include the alleged suspect, and a motorcyclist who was hit when a police car that was heading to the shooting collided with his bike. The female passenger on the motorcycle was also listed in satisfactory condition Saturday.

Police say the suspect, identified by family as 22-year-old Terrence Franklin, was involved in an "intense physical altercation" with officers including a K9. 

Investigators say at some point during the altercation, Terrence tried to gain control of an officer's firearm and that shots were fired during the struggle striking the two officers.  It's still not clear who fired the shots.  Franklin was shot and killed during the incident.

"We are doing our best to be transparent and share information as quickly as possible," Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau said in a statement released Saturday night. "We have teams working around the clock and I have the utmost confidence in their ability and integrity to be through addressing even the smallest detail," she added.

Investigators say the squad that struck and killed the motorcyclist was travelling well below the posted speed limit as it approached the intersection and at the time of impact.  Police say the squad had its red lights and siren activated.

Officer Meath has worked for the Minneapolis Police Department since August of 2005 and Officer Muro is an 11 year veteran of the department.

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