Terrence Franklin reportedly fired shots that injured officers before he was shot and killed

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Franklin, under attack from a police K9, was able to wrestle a submachine gun away from an officer before shooting two others, the Strib reports.
Officially, the Minneapolis Police Department remains tight-lipped about what exactly happened during the May 10 altercation in the basement of a home on the 2700 block of Bryant Avenue South that left two officers injured and burglary suspect Terrence Franklin dead.

THE BACKSTORY: Terrence Franklin shot multiple times by MPD, but it's unclear whether he fired a shot himself

But the latest information to trickle out from unofficial channels indicates Franklin did indeed fire the shots from a police-issued submachine gun that hit two officers in the legs.

Over the weekend, the Star Tribune, citing "two sources with direct knowledge of the investigation," provided the following account of what happened in the basement:
Minneapolis police Sgt. Andrew Stender, a K9 handler who was leading the department's SWAT team into the basement and unleashed the dog, which charged at Franklin and began biting him.

Franklin broke away and went behind a water heater, the sources said. The dog began pulling him out and Franklin stood up. Stender shouted at Franklin to put his hands up. When he didn't cooperate, Stender started to drag Franklin out by his head as the dog kept its grip on his leg.

Stender, thinking he had the situation nearly under control, moved away to allow officer Luke Peterson, a member of the SWAT team, to step in.

Another struggle ensued, and Franklin broke away and leapt toward officer Mark Durand, another member of the SWAT team who was standing nearby with an MP5 submachine gun.

The sources said Durand struggled to hold the weapon down -- it was on single-shot mode, not automatic -- but Franklin was able to point it up and fire twice, shooting two other officers, Michael Meath and Ricardo Muro, in the legs.

Peterson, who was wearing a bullet-resistant vest, put himself between Durand and Franklin, who was still trying to get another shot off, the sources said.

Peterson then pulled out his side arm and shot Franklin, who died at the scene at 3:35 p.m., the sources said.
As she did during a news conference last Wednesday, MPD Chief Janeé Harteau again refused to comment on what the MPD's investigation has revealed thus far about the altercation in the wake of the Strib's report, telling reporters in an email that she "will not respond to information received from anonymous sources."

In other news, in a press release distributed last Friday, the MPD confirmed the identity of the officer who was behind the wheel of a police SUV involved in an accident that left 24-year-old motorcyclist Ivan Romero dead a half-hour after Franklin was shot and killed -- officer Joshua Young, a seven-year MPD veteran.

The release adds that Young, a National Guard veteran who served in Iraq and Somalia, has now been interviewed by investigators, and that Meath and Muro are scheduled to be interviewed this week.

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forrealsyo
forrealsyo

If I see one more broken down SUV full of Northsiders putting balloons in front of that house I'm going to pop them all. Put them on his grave you clowns. 

mohanlon3
mohanlon3

I believe the police story.  Sounds totally plausible that the cops fucked up and let this guy get his mitts on a machine pistol while in a tussle,. shots go out at thigh level because suspect was on the ground in a struggle when trigger was pulled.  The mistake was that they didn't simply cap his ass upon entering the basement, they DID try to subdue him without lethal force and got shot for their troubles.  Looking for explosive controversy here is dumb.  Bad guy gets in tussle, grabs gun, shoots cops, gets shot, end of story.

bryanwade3
bryanwade3

It's amazing how many innocent people run from the cops!

Meg Nathan
Meg Nathan

And the "Monday-morning Quarterbacking" begins...

JahJahJahJah
JahJahJahJah

Pretty sure KSTP reported this the DAY it happened... They were reporting the same thing, that they had two sources confirming this same piece of information. So tell me, how is this a new development in the story? Seems to me like it's ten days old.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Since the MPD is still maintaining they still have no idea what went on, the floor is open to hypothesis.  The MPD is violating Rule #1 of crisis management, but that shouldn't come as a surprise.  When the police on Long Island shot the guy who was holding that college girl hostage, and shot the girl to death as well, at least they came right out and said what happened.  That required a modicum of decency.  

These violent situations are terrible, and awful things happen.  That's why we bother having cops, and give them special consideration under the law.  And why we spend a lot of money on training and equipment for them; so they can handle these things better than we ourselves could.  And when something goes horribly wrong, we rely on them to tell the truth about what happened, because since we've given them so much leeway, we're pretty much at their mercy should they not do what they're supposed to do.

Here's my theory, and since the MPD won't put up their own coherent account, it's as good as any other and after 10 days of non-disclosure disclosures, I don't feel bad about posting conjecture:  The cops were called because a resident saw a guy he thought had burglarized his house (and the cops hadn't caught him yet), driving by again; perhaps looking to repeat the burglary he hadn't been caught for the first time.  Cops respond.  Guy takes off on foot, leaving his car with his girlfriend in it.  Guy runs into music shop; then runs out, right past the very cops who are looking for him.  Guy bolts and runs into a house whose owner happens to be right next door at the neighbor's.  Homeowner calls cops to tell them the guy they're looking for is in his house.  Cops send a dog into the house.  Dog attacks guy in basement.  Guy, being attacked by dog, fends off dog (guy is unarmed).  As we've learned before, a dog is a cop, and has higher standing and value of life than a (non-cop) human.  As soon as guy touches dog, his life is forfeit.  Cops enter home with machine-pistol.  Houses in S. Mpls. tend to be about 90 years old, with concrete-block basements.  In the course of shooting guy, many bullets ricochet around the basement, and the machine-pistol probably isn't that stable in the first place.  Both cops are shot, along with the guy, who is killed.  Then cops who have no idea what just happened but heard shots get on the radio and call out "Shots fired, Offiicer(s) down" and all hell breaks loose all over the city.  Who knows, they may have thought they were under attack by dog-haters with pressure cookers.  (Hmm...I don't like dogs, and I do own a pressure cooker...maybe I oughta lay low for a while...).

So.  What I'd like to know is this.  The cops knew where the guy was.  They may not have known who he was, or whether or not he was armed.  What the heck is wrong with calling for backup, surrounding the house, and getting out a bullhorn?  Then yelling, "Come on out, pal.  We've got the house surrounded.  Come out, nice and easy, and we'll get this straightened out, m'kay?"  No dogs, no machine-pistols.  So what if the guy doesn't come out right away?  He's not going anywhere.  Keep letting him know you're out there, and he'll come out eventually.  As it turned out, he was unarmed, and his rap sheet shows while he was no angel, he was also not Public Enemy #1.

As far as I can tell from what the cops won't say, they turned a routine flight-from-police situation into a very dangerous incident in which two cops were shot, the suspect was killed, a completely innocent motorist was killed blocks away and a good deal later, and the whole police force went into complete panic.  A bunch of guys from the CC Club, half in the bag, could have handled it better.  No wonder MPD doesn't want to talk.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

How?  seems far fetched and or the police truly suck and lack all basic training

_Joe_
_Joe_

In other words, nobody said anything until they were sure everyone had practiced the "official" story.

ditditdat
ditditdat

@mohanlon3 he got shot in the back of the head and in the back...the cop that shot him has a real "Rampart" type history, sounds fishy.  Maybe the government's spy program can confiscate the cop's calls and texts to each other to see if they're corraborating on a story together, hahaha. 

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@JahJahJahJah It is ten days old.  And MPD claims not to have even interviewed the officers who got shot in the legs yet?  Ridiculous.  Way past time for the MPD to have issued a real statement.  Chief Harteau is not getting off to a very good start here.  She's supposed to be in charge, and that is a lot more than just nattering about "information received from anonymous sources."  If she'd stand up and be the leader her job requires her to be, there would be official information out there, and the conversation wouldn't be left to "anonymous sources" and internet speculators.  Bad sign.

Dean131
Dean131

@swmnguy I think you are very close to the truth.

Look up the Vang Khnang wrong address no-knock raid. The MPD SWAT Team sprayed bullets all over the house and didn't hit a damned thing. The homeowner scored 3 hits with an old pump action shotgun. The cops get all hopped up and start playing with the "giggle switch" on their machine guns and lose all control. 

_Joe_
_Joe_

@swmnguy My only argument to that is that the HK MP5 is a superb design.  Could be the person holding it was unstable, but the weapon itself is a brilliant example of German engineering.

Other than that, you're probably bang on.

DanMitchell
DanMitchell

@_Joe_ Huh? They did that and then released an "official" story that makes the cops look like a bunch of incompetent bozos?

LezlieCooterPounder
LezlieCooterPounder

@lookatyourself 

swmnguy is a white guilt Liberal apologist. According to him, this situation occurred due to police misconduct. When in reality, it happened because a multi-felon criminal thug decided to ram his vehicle into police cars (felony) when he was pulled over, decided to give chase (Gross Mis), broke into someone's house while trying to elude the police (another felony), and then whatever happened after that is up for speculation. However, this whole situation could have been avoided if the criminal thug would have just gave himself up after he was pulled over. But according to swmnguy, the police are to blame. He says, " As it turned out, he was unarmed, and his rap sheet shows while he was no angel, he was also not Public Enemy #1." So in other words the thug was in the right and the police were in the wrong. *shakes head*

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@_Joe_  I'll take your word for it about the weapon.  I took a load of buckshot in the legs from a 12 ga. shotgun on a ricochet accident when I was 6 years old and that pretty much did it for my interest in firearms.

I was a lot more scared than hurt, and I can still hear the "clink-clink" of little pellets as the doctor tweezed them out of my butt and dropped them into a little glass dish.

You can be my "go-to" on what these guns really are.

Anyway, I'd like to add that all my personal experiences with the MPD have been very positive.  Of course, when I was in my 20s, I knew they were talking to me because I was wasted and being obnoxious, so the smart thing to do was to stop being obnoxious and they'd probably leave me alone (as in fact turned out to be the case.).  Since then, every time I've dealt with MPD was when I had called them myself, or they were assisting me in some way, or I had hired them to provide security.  Each time, they were very pleasant and professional; even those earlier times when I was being a drunken dumbass.  But I've never dealt with MPD in a truly hazardous situation.  Their reputation in those instances hasn't been very encouraging.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@mitchell39 @_Joe_ If what really happened is worse, then yes.  I think it's more likely that they shot each other in the confusion.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@_Joe_ @mitchell39 That would not surprise me, the way the police were flailing around, all over the city, all afternoon that day.  Hours after the incident, while I was hearing a radio news story on it in fact, cops were flying up Park Avenue near 42nd St. at highway speeds.  Utter panic.  It's a wonder only one unwary driver was killed.  And this was, literally, several hours after the incident was over enough that there were radio stories with interviews being aired.

DanMitchell
DanMitchell

@_Joe_ @mitchell39 How that could possibly be considered worse than having a suspect who is under siege by multiple cops and a vicious dog somehow getting one of their guns and using it to shoot two of them is beyond me, but OK.

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