Gunfire Exchanged Between Suspect and St. Paul SWAT Officers

Updated: 03/21/2014 5:44 PM
Created: 03/21/2014 2:57 PM
By: Beth McDonough

A suspect is hospitalized after being shot by police in St. Paul Friday morning.

The incident happened around 10 a.m. on the 600 block of Maryland Avenue East, when officers went to a home to arrest the man in connection to an aggravated assault investigation.

According to police, the SWAT officers, which are trained to handle high-risk situations, barged into the home. Police say that is when the man raised a gun and fired at the officers.

A member of the Saint Paul Police Department’s SWAT unit returned fire and hit the suspect in the arm. The suspect was taken to Regions Hospital, where he is recovering from the non-life-threatening wound, according to police.

The 37-year-old suspect has not been formally booked on suspicion of any crime. Police are hoping he can provide information regarding a shooting that occurred a few days earlier, a few blocks away near the intersection of Edgerton Street and Maryland Avenue.

The officer who shot the suspect is a 15-year veteran of the Saint Paul Police Department. He was placed is on administrative leave, which is standard.

His identification is expected to be released in the coming days.

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