MPD shootings: Cops shot with own gun, biker had green light when fatally hit by squad car

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Terrance Franklin broke into this house, and when officers arrived he was able to wrestle a submachine gun away from one of them, according to KSTP.
New information emerging about the mayhem that went down yesterday afternoon in the Lyn-Lake area isn't exactly flattering for the Minneapolis Police Department.

:::: UPDATES ::::
-- MPD, witnesses differ on accounts of motorcycle accident that killed Ivan Romero [PHOTOS]
-- Terrence Franklin shot multiple times by MPD, but it's unclear whether he fired a shot himself

According to reports, a foot chase that began when a resident reported a suspected burglar in the neighborhood ended with two cops getting shot by a police-issued gun and the death of the suspect. Along the way, a motorcyclist who was riding with his girlfriend was killed in an accident with a police squad car that was running a red light.

The Pioneer Press details the beginning of the incident:
The manhunt began, police said, when a resident of the neighborhood saw a man [later identified as 22-year-old Terrance Franklin] driving by about 2 p.m. and called police, saying he looked like the burglar who broke into his home last week.

Police stopped the car in the 2700 block of Lyndale Avenue South, according to the girlfriend, Anquanette Hollman, who said she was in the vehicle at the time.

Police said Franklin rammed his car into a squad car and almost ran another officer down, before crashing his vehicle and fleeing on foot.

Hollman said Franklin drove several blocks west on 28th Street parked and ran.
After ditching his car, Franklin made his way to the Flanders Brothers Cycle shop at 2707 Lyndale Avenue South and went inside. His obvious nervousness creeped employees out, and he ended up getting chased out of the store right as a squad car drove past, according to the Star Tribune.

Shortly thereafter, Franklin broke into MPR producer Jim Bickal's house at 2717 Bryant Avenue South. He wouldn't make it out alive. KSTP details what happened after police arrived:
While at the home, officers first sent a K9 into the basement to flush out the male suspect, according to a source. When officers heard the suspect begin fighting with the canine, four to five officers rushed into the basement to help, according to the source.

The source said it was an all-out brawl and one of the officers involved described the suspect as "crazed."

At some point during the fight, the suspect grabbed a MP5 sub-machine gun that was in a sling around an officer's neck that typically hangs in front of the officer's body across the chest and stomach, and pulled the trigger, according to two well-placed sources.

The two wounded officers were shot with a department-issued gun, the sources said.

It's unknown if the officer or officers that opened fire on the suspect knew if he had a gun...
As police raced to the Bryant Avenue home, a motorcyclist trying to cross West 26th Street at Blaisdell Avenue was struck by a squad car and killed. The Star Tribune describes the circumstances of the accident:
Kyndell Harkness, a Star Tribune photojournalist who witnessed the crash as she was on her way to photograph the shooting scene, said she was passed by three police cars with lights flashing and sirens on that went through the red light at Blaisdell, where the motorcyclist had a green light.

The first police car hit the motorcycle, she said, whose driver was not wearing a helmet and was wearing flip-flops.

The police cars stopped and officers rushed to try and help the motorcycle riders, Harkness said.

The driver died at the scene, and the woman passenger was taken to HCMC.
The injured passenger is expected to survive.

As the dust settled yesterday evening, the MPD released a statement detailing officers' version of events. The statement characterized yesterday as "a very difficult day for the Minneapolis Police Department and the residents of Minneapolis." To read the entire thing, click to page two.


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