Police Officers Shoot, Critically Wound Suspect Inside Minneapolis City Hall

December 19, 2017 05:49 AM

Minneapolis police say multiple officers fired shots at a man brandishing a knife inside of a Minneapolis City Hall investigative unit Monday evening.

The department tweeted shortly after 6 p.m. that the incident was contained and there was no danger to the public. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was on site, the tweet says.


According to Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, a criminal suspect who had been brought for questioning by police officers had attempted to harm himself with an "edged weapon" before officers tried to subdue him.

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"After attempting to subdue the adult male subject, officers discharged their weapons," Arradondo said at a Monday evening press conference. 

He said multiple officers discharged their weapons, though he was not sure how many. An "officer needs help" call came at 4:43 p.m. about the incident, which occurred inside room 108 at City Hall, Arradondo said.

The suspect was injured and taken to Hennepin County Medical Center. A source says the man was immediately taken to surgery, and was out of surgery by late Monday. His condition was unknown.

Room 108 is home to the department's investigative unit, where police frequently conduct interviews in crimes ranging from homicide to burglary to assault. A source with direct knowledge of the incident said the man was brought for questioning because he was a suspect in a shooting.

The source says detectives had questioned the suspect and left the room, which remained guarded by two police officers per department protocol.

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That source says the officers guarding the room heard a commotion inside and opened the door to find the suspect attempting to harm himself with what they believed was a knife. Those two officers responded, and at lest one attempted to use a Taser to subdue the suspect, the source says. 

But that appeared to have no effect and the suspect lunged toward them. Those officers then discharged their weapons, striking the suspect multiple times, according to the source.

The BCA is handling the investigation. The officers have been placed on standard administrative leave per department policy, Arradondo said.

The chief said video obtained via the interview room's camera system would be turned over to the BCA. He confirmed the suspect was being interviewed by officers at the time, though he did not say what the case was about.

KSTP has reached out to Minneapolis police, Hennepin County, the BCA, the city of Minneapolis and others in an effort to learn further details. 

Stay tuned to KSTP.com and 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS for updates. 



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