Man charged with attempted murder for shooting at Mpls. cops

1:34 PM, Sep 16, 2011   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- An 18-year-old Minneapolis man is charged with attempted murder in connection with a July incident where shots were fired at a pair of police officers.

Prosecutors filed those charges Friday against Malo Dashaunta Gomez for his alleged role in the July 25th incident.

A criminal complaints says the officers pulled a suspicious vehicle over near the intersection of Lowry and Penn Avenues North, and were sitting in their squad car when someone opened fire on them.  

Fortunately neither officer was struck by the gunfire. An army of police officers conducted an extensive search, some with canines, but no suspects were located.

Investigators from the Minneapolis homicide unit and the Hennepin County Violent Offender Task Force Unit began working the streets and eventually heard that Gomez, a documented member of the Stick Up Boys street gang, was bragging about the shooting.

They talked to an inmate at the Red Wing Correctional Facility who confirmed that Gomez was claiming to be the shooter.

After tracking Gomez's whereabouts investigators learned he was in the Hennepin County Jail on other charges. They say Gomez admitted to shooting 9 shots at the officers because he was bored and "wanted to fire the gun off."

"This arrest is very important to every officer who works the street," Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan said in a released statement. "My thanks to the many who contributed to solving this case."

Malo Gomez is charged with two counts of first degree attempted murder and two counts of first degree felony assault.



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