MINNEAPOLIS -- A 44-year-old man was charged Monday in connection with an attack on a police officer that occurred Sunday morning.
Officer Larry Petersen was responding to a call involving Robert John Yellow Wolf and his ex-girlfriend around 9 a.m. Sunday.
Before reaching Franklin Avenue, Officer Petersen pulled up next to Yellow Wolf and his ex-girlfriend and got out of his patrol car to investigate the call.
Yellow Wolf then pulled out a knife and began waving it and making stabbing motions at the officer. Officer Petersen responded by drawing his handgun. While still trying to get Yellow Wolf to put down his knife, the officer was forced backwards across several lanes of traffic .
After several attempts to get Yellow Wolf to put down his knife, and fear for his safety, Officer Petersen fired three rounds from his handgun that struck Yellow Wolf. Officer Petersen provided first aid until EMS arrived.
Yellow Wolf was charged with one count of assault in the second degree.
Earlier Sunday morning, Yellow Wolf was involved in another incident. He approached a male near Loring Park who was panhandling. Yellow Wolf became angered with the man and slashed his face with a knife. Yellow Wolf has also been charged in this incident.
Yellow Wolf is still under guard at Hennepin County Medical Center receiving medical treatment. Once released from HCMC, he will be transferred to Hennepin County Jail.
Officer Petersen is expected to return to duty in a few days.
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