Community rallies around wounded Roseville police officer

The Roseville Police Officer shot in the face while responding to multiple calls of gunfire Tuesday evening, at West Owasso Boulevard and Victoria Street North, remained in stable condition, according to the department.

On Thursday, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension identified the officer as Ryan Duxbury, a three-year veteran of the Roseville Police Department.

“He’s a well-respected wonderful officer with our department,” said Roseville Police Chief Erika Scheider during a Wednesday briefing.

Roseville Police confirmed to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS a GoFundMe fundraising page had been setup by the officer’s loved ones to support the family.

Multiple law enforcement sources have confirmed to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the suspect who shot a Roseville police officer is 53-year old Jesse Werling.

Law enforcement officials said Werling fired over 100 gunshots.

The suspect died at the hospital, and investigators said he was struck by a law enforcement bullet.

The BCA continues to investigate the officer-involved shooting.

Roseville Police have received messages of support after the encounter from the community.

The group Backing the Blue Line, based in Bloomington, made up of police wives from across Minnesota is planning to help Duxbury and others who were at the scene.

“The bubble of trauma is actually, unfortunately huge in this case,” said Gretchen Gifford, vice-president, Backing the Blue Line. “You really have to reach out and make sure you support all your people.”

Along with helping Duxbury with his needs, the group will write cards and send St. Michael’s coins to the officers who also responded to the scene.

“Listening to how things unfolded last night, I could not be prouder of the bravery and courage that was displayed by our officers,” Scheider said at a Wednesday morning news conference. “Knowing innocent lives were on the line, they ran to the threat and they did exactly what they’re trained to do, all of this knowing that their partner had just been struck by gunfire.”