Minneapolis Police responds to Franklin jury decision with details of May 10th

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MINNEAPOLIS --  The situation surrounding the shooting death of 22-year-old Terrance Franklin by two Minneapolis Police officers began just before 2 p.m. on May 10th, 2013.

The whole thing began with a 911 call about a burglary suspect on a property at 27th and Lyndale in Uptown.

That suspect, shown in a security camera image from the property was Terrance Franklin.

A Minneapolis Police squad responded but upon arrival those officers say Franklin saw them and he sped off, crashing into the squad car.

Police pursued as Franklin then went to Flanders Bike Shop on Lyndale on foot.

Those bike shop owners then called 911 as well saying Franklin came in and was acting strange.

An officer showed up there and again Minneapolis Police say Franklin fled on foot after he was ordered to stop.

He ran to a house on 27th and Bryant and broke into the back door breaking the window and busting the lock.

Three officers responded when that homeowner reported the break in with a K9 unit and went into the home searching the main and upstairs floors announcing anyone inside to come out or the dog would be used on them and they got no response.

Officers say they then went to the basement leading with the K9 officer and the dog found Franklin hiding behind a water heater.

Police say Franklin began kicking the dog and the officer handling the dog then punched Franklin.

Franklin then lunged at the second officer who fell and during the fall Franklin got his hands on the officer's gun and fired.

That's when the two officers were shot in the leg.

A third then got on top of Franklin.

That officer fearing Franklin would keep shooting wrestled the barrel of the gun into his own chest.

"In a statement Officer Luke Peterson said: The suspect was going to continue shooting at us so I collapsed into the sub machine gun. I did this with the barrel going into my bullet proof vest," MPD Commander Catherine Johnson said.

Within seconds police say Peterson was able to get to his other gun and he shot Franklin at close range.

By that time a second officer began shooting as well, he too shot Franklin.

Franklin was shot in the head, neck and upper torso eight times.

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau laid out this entire case for reporters Thursday night, showing them, she said, that over the course of more than an hour, Franklin was given multiple chances to surrender.

"This could have had a different outcome as you have just heard, Terrance Franklin had numerous opportunities to surrender but it was clear in his actions that from the beginning he had made the decision not to get caught at any cost," Harteau said.

The officers who were shot returned to duty days after the shooting, but, it has not been full-duty due to the extent of their leg injuries.

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