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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Trevor Ludwig
Trevor Ludwig

Wasn't the back passenger end of the squad car damaged by the motorcycle? How does a motorcycle get hit by the back passenger side of a vehicle?

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Wow, the more that comes out, the worse the MPD look as professionals, not to mention as human beings.  Sure, this Franklin guy seems like a bad guy.  Looks like one of a small but prominent group of young men who can't do anything right because they do everything wrong; the group that though small in number, account for the majority of crimes in our city.

But it looks like the MPD botched every single aspect of this situation.  As we learned a few months ago in St. Paul, and have learned numerous times in the past few years, a dog has more rights and value than a person when the dog belongs to the Police Department; even when it isn't clear to onlookers that the dog in fact belongs to the Police Department.  Touching the dog while it mauls you is "Assaulting an Officer," and the (human) police can summarily execute you for that with impunity.  They don't even have to prove that you touched the dog; they merely have to claim it.

But still.  We have MPD cops chasing a guy around a crowded residential neighborhood, barging into numerous wrong houses until the MPR Producer told them which house the suspect was in (his own).  Then the cops send in a dog, and follow with a machine gun into a basement.  Great place to squeeze off a bunch of rounds; a concrete-block basement.  A nightstick or pepper spray is a much more effective and safe-to-the-user weapon, unless the cops think they can't be hurt by ricochet.  The cop wearing the machine gun doesn't have control of it, doesn't have the safety on, and manages to lose control of it to the suspect.  Bravo.

Then, some time later (perhaps as much as an hour), police are driving at highway speed, around 20 mph over the speed limit, in a very dense neighborhood with sightlines very limited by parked cars and much sound deflection and distortion from buildings.  It's nearly impossible to hear where these sirens are coming from, and that depends on their using the sirens at all.  I often see them driving at double the speed limit on residential streets with no lights or sirens at all, so one wonders.  They run a red light and hit and kill a motorcyclist, and spend 2 days attempting to blame the motorcyclist despite numerous eyewitness accounts to the contrary.

Clearly, at every step in this debacle, the Minneapolis Police completely panicked and acted with total disregard for anyone's safety, including their own.  No doubt the investigation will conclude that "Policies Were Followed," as is always the conclusion, and the families of the victims on the motorcycles will get 6-figure or 7-figure settlements complete with gag order.


Hopefully, Chief Harteau will take the initiative to do some serious training here.  Obviously the MPD are incompetent with regard to handling weapons, and driving in a crowded residential area.  They lack the discipline to do their jobs in dangerous situations and respond with emotional outrage when one of their own, even a dog, is in jeopardy.

As a citizen/taxpayer/homeowner/parent/business owner in Minneapolis, this is very bad news.

Kent Erickson
Kent Erickson

Matthew, the police still have an obligation to protect and serve. I don't see how driving recklessly and blowing through a red light and hitting a motorcycle who had a green light is protecting and serving. And yes, the motorcycle driver, while being an idiot for wearing flip flops and riding a motorcycle, is still an innocent victim. They commited no crime and yet were still killed at the hands of the police. That is the very definition of innocent victim.

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

Is this one of those "teaching moments"?  Hard to imagine how this could have gone worse.

Mandelle Daevon Perkins
Mandelle Daevon Perkins

This is sad a innocent biker killed due to negligence. Unarmed suspect killed, two offjcers injured. I feel very safe with these people driving around running over riders and killing suspects!

Alyssa Mason
Alyssa Mason

Regardless of who is at "fault", we are all human and we all make mistakes. It's a sad day for the families and friends of those who died, have some empathy, people!

mrdave
mrdave

Why do we have so many cops again? One suspected unarmed burglar dead, one completely innocent motorcyclist dead and one injured, and two cops injured with their own weapons. Gee, I feel so much safer with cops running around with machine guns and tearing through residential neighborhoods. Makes me fucking sick.

PressedOnBeats
PressedOnBeats

Have the police or any reporters said when this happened? how many hours was the suspect already dead when the vehicular homocide took place?

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

Going south on Blaisdell its a blind corner at 26th. Sirens or not they should have slowed down before running the light.

JillianS1
JillianS1

I'm usually on the side of the cops, but in this case it sounds like they were reckless. The Star Trib reports that "According to witnesses, a female passenger on the motorcycle was injured when the police SUV hit the back of the bike, throwing both riders off." Police officers, or any emergency vehicle for that matter, should exercise caution at intersections, especially when crossing through a red light in a densely populated, residential area.

Pinko Thinker
Pinko Thinker

sounds to me like nobody would be dead at all, innocents or criminals alike, but for the amateur, negligent, and ill-advised actions of the police.

Jcw2013
Jcw2013

Whether he had a green light or not is irrelevant. You yield to emergency vehicles. It is also important to clarify that the motorcycle hit the police vehicle. While a tragedy, this wasn't MPD running someone over.

Rich Cleveland
Rich Cleveland

Pinko, you are what's wrong with this, fucktard.

Pinko Thinker
Pinko Thinker

was he even the guy? what had he been arrested for prior? why are 5 officers physically tangling with a suspect? he didn't have a weapon until they provided him one? hmmm

PressedOnBeats
PressedOnBeats

So you're telling me that the Minneapolis Police are so exhausted from raiding homes for misdemeanor amounts of marijuana, miss writing/reading warrants, Giving Drugs to underage protesters, having their corrupt gang task force broken up by the FBI and working side jobs at Raves that they end up running over civilians and getting shot with their own weapons? What are our Mayor and City Coucil members doing about this?


Mike Miller
Mike Miller

Cop at fault, biker at fault. Both made deadly mistakes and the cop should be held accountable. As for the cop wearing a sub machine gun, obviously un-saftied and ready to fire, getting into a physical altercation resulting in 2 cops shot in the leg while still wearing it? Thats just funny. The suspect did indeed deserve to die as does anyone who invades anothers home. And Perl, maybe you should have an intelligent person read your comments before posting them.

Alex Browne
Alex Browne

I'm sure that had the rider been wearing a helmet and proper foot attire, they would have magically floated off the bike to safety. MP5s are used in those types of situations because of the compact profile. They are still nothing more then a glorified handgun, firing 9mm.

Love Dustin Thomas
Love Dustin Thomas

be graceful Minneapolis. people just died. regardless of fault or justification, shouldn't we represent our city with respect and tact, instead of insults and speculation?

Molly Forbes
Molly Forbes

Crotch rockets are very loud, Do you really think the victim chose to ignore police sirens and risk their life/ their passengers life purposely?

Charlie ForbesTattoo
Charlie ForbesTattoo

HK MP5 Sub Machine guns start at $2500 and up! Does our tax dollars pay for these? Lame

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

I have to agree with Issac, the report yesterday made it seem like the police mowed the motorcyclist down without a second thought. But now we know that: the rider wasn't wearing a helmet, was wearing flipflops and was unable to hear three police car sirens? Now, I'm curious to hear the passenger's story. Molly, if the rider chose to ignore the sirens, that's not innocence, that's arrogance.

Juan Conatz
Juan Conatz

I had no idea that non-SWAT police here carried MP5's

Alex McLean
Alex McLean

Sounds like a case of stupid cops to me. How do you get an mp5 wrestled away from you? Why do you have an mp5 on you in the first place? And cops still need to pay attention when they drive even when responding to calls

Charlie ForbesTattoo
Charlie ForbesTattoo

Hey Perl necklace, you spelled Sapposed wrong. Who's the Dumb Shit now. In reguards to the motorcyclist that was killed. The fact of the matter is that he had a green light and the right of way. The Police officer was in the wrong by running a red light and running him down. Uptown has some of the busiest neighborhoods in the entire state of Minnesota. You would think an officer of the law trying to protect people would know this. I see a lawsuit in the near future.

jason.carle
jason.carle

why the fuck does the MPD need an MP5?

Molly Forbes
Molly Forbes

Wow Terry way to insult the innocent victim. Get a life.

Terry Gullickson Perl
Terry Gullickson Perl

The theif got what he asked for. Thank you officers for putting your lives on the line and protecting me from creepy crimals. And duh, when lights are flashing n sirens going off your sapposed to pull over dumb shit.

Heidi.mpf
Heidi.mpf

They didn't say if the dog is ok... just that he/she went home. I'm interested to know about that. :(

Sammy L Cater
Sammy L Cater

common rule STOP - LOOK - LISTEN :( how traggic she didnt know the rule when hearing sirens :( ...

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Unarmed? You retarded? Stop voting, don't breed.

jasonarin
jasonarin

@Jcw2013 blind intersection there, a motorist with a green light would enter the intersection and not see the oncoming emergency vehicle.   also, what was the emergency they were responding to so long after the first incident was cleared?  

Finally, the POLICE CAR HIT THE MOTORCYLE

keny1
keny1

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jasonarin
jasonarin

@Mike Miller how is the biker at fault?

jasonarin
jasonarin

@Alex Browne if by glorified you mean fully automatic and hicap

mrdave
mrdave

@mingtran  The suspected burglar was unarmed until he grabbed the cop's own automatic weapon. They wouldn't have sent a dog into a basement to flush the suspect out if he was armed with a gun. Also, grow the fuck up and don't call people "retarded."

jasonarin
jasonarin

@mingtran i think the 4-5 cops who had a dog and at least one submachine gun, who still somehow managed to let 2 of their own get shot are the real retards who should not breed.

keny1
keny1

@jasonarin I'm not defending the cop's actions, but actually the motorcycle hit the squad car in the rear quarter panel, according to 'CCO.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

You said it yourself: "the suspected burglar was unarmed until he grabbed the cop's own automatic weapon". Retard status. Stop being retarded.

keny1
keny1

@jasonarin Well, at any rate, I hope the officer gets fired and has his/her drivers license revoked for at least 10 years. 

jasonarin
jasonarin

@keny1 @jasonarin cco sites an anonymous source.   other outlets site 

------Kyndell Harkness, a Star Tribune photojournalist who witnessed the crash as she was on her way to 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---------

I don't know why I made such a stink about that point in the first place.  I don't think it makes a difference one way or another.  Either way, the accident happened long after the shooting was done and the call cleared. There was no need for them to be speeding at all, much less in that neighborhood, next to an elementary school that was just letting out, with kids all over.

Also, police, when responding to an emergency, have the ability to change most traffic signals. If they do not change the signal, they are to slow down and proceed into intersection with caution. The bike had a green light.

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