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

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Police say Franklin grabbed an MP5 that was around an officer's neck, but what happened after that remains shrouded in mystery.
According to the Hennepin County medical examiner, 22-year-old burglary suspect Terrence Franklin was fatally shot multiple times by Minneapolis police on Friday afternoon. But police acknowledge it's unclear whether he was responsible for firing the shots that injured two Minneapolis officers.

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

In a separate unflattering development for the MPD, it's now being reported that the accident that claimed the life of 24-year-old Ivan Romero happened more than a half-hour after Franklin was killed. Romero's motorcycle collided with a police SUV at the intersection of West 26th Street and Blaisdell Avenue, and the MPD's account of what happened in the moments leading up to the accident differs from what some witnesses said they saw. Romero reportedly had a green light and was proceeding through the intersection when he collided with the SUV. Police say the SUV had its sirens and lights activated at the time.

Franklin was killed after breaking into a home at 2717 Bryant Ave. S. around 3:30 p.m. Friday. Police initially sent a K9 into the home's basement to assist with the arrest, but Franklin began wrestling with the dog. Four or five officers then rushed into the basement to take matters into their own hands. During the ensuing struggle, two officers were shot in the legs, and Franklin was shot multiple times and killed. All the shots were fired by a police-issued MP5.

In a press released published Saturday night, the MPD acknowledged that "Exactly who fired and how many times has not yet been determined."

According to the Star Tribune, the crash that killed Romero "occurred 30 minutes after Franklin died, raising numerous questions, including... whether police cars entered an intersection on a red light when the emergency appeared to be over."

The Strib also spoke with three attorneys who have a law office on the corner of 26th and Blaisdell. One of them, Bruce Goldstein, said he was dismayed by how long it took for Romero and his passenger -- 20-year-old Jocelin Torrejon, who is expected to survive her injuries -- to receive medical attention.

"I did not see any first aid given until the firemen arrived," Goldstein told the Strib.

Another of the attorneys, Rashmi Seneviratne, told the Strib, "I don't want to paint the cops or anyone in a bad light, but what I did remember noticing and thinking was really bad, was when the ambulance came and they were putting the girl on the stretcher, they covered her boyfriend up with a white sheet right in front of her, so she knew that he was dead. And that really added to the emotional trauma of that incident."

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cretiagirl
cretiagirl

I have to agree with mbcala564179. The vast majority of commenters on here do not know the facts and are blind to the truth. As pointed out numerous times, Terrance was not fully innocent, but he did not deserve to die. The story the police are giving makes no sense at all, not to mention that it keeps changing. We will never know the full truth. Has anyone realized how the homeowners in the area still have yet to be "heard" via the media? We have been allowed to read/hear witness statements about the motorcycle accident, but not the shooting. It does not matter who Terrance was or what society deems him as, what matters is the fact he was killed and should not have been. No person is going to wrestle with multiple officers. Not only that, but how would he have had enough time to even get the officer's gun to shoot? Be smart people, it does not add up. Stop looking automatically to Terrance based on his race. Blacks are just as smart as any/everyone else. Fear or not, he would not have endangered himself in that way. The post below also highlights the fact there is supposedly video of him pleading for his life. Let us not forget the recording played on the news blacked out for a bit. Doesn't that make you wonder what happened in those moments before hearing "suspect is down"? Goodness, open your eyes! The MPD has been listed as #3 on the list of top 5 most corrupt police departments. Think about this... For him to have been shot multiple times, the police were "trigger happy", killed him, and had to shoot themselves to cover it up. In addition, the family has been sent in circles to view his body. If he were white, this would not have happened. End of story.

RIP Terrance

The Truth Will Prevail

mbcala564179
mbcala564179

Come on now and when does a police officer ever have a mp5 around they neck?

mbcala564179
mbcala564179

Y'all saying he was a dangerous person, he was this and that. But yet y'all don't know him. I knEw him personally and It makes me sick that people saying shit like that.. automatically if it's a black male, he a dangerous thug? He had a big heart and was in school but was a thug? Smh. Every body that thinks he did this to the police officers can jump off a bridge. He made one mistake from running from the police, yes but did it Need to escalate.. I guarantee it if it was a white male that it happened too, it wouldve Been diff responses. As I seen these two police officers that he supposedly shot were dangerous.. look up the lawsuits assholes!! Do y'all notice that they keep switching up they stories? You realize that they won't give his body back to his family? Why is that come on now. How would anybody be able to grab the polices gun while being attacked by a dog? Why would anybody do anything stupid while guns are pointed at them? Mfs too up the law enforcements ASS like there are no bad officers.. the take advantage of their authority? Why? Cause they know they can get away with it like this... Terrance was a sweet, big hearted, intelligent man with a kid.. and you think he would risk his life by shooting officers? NO!! By the way someone stated that there is a video of Terrance pleading for him life..

#JUSTICE FOR TERRANCE

rest in peace

Tim Charest
Tim Charest

Yes, he did in fact shoot two officers with their own gun. Your post implied he was an innocent "intruder".

Wondering
Wondering

SWMNGUY has it right - the real version of events might never be known.   SWMNGUY referred to the Feb12 incident in St.Paul.   Reports of that incident describe a police dog (Kody) was sent into a basement to subdue a rapist with a knife.   "Kody was stabbed multiple times, and died.   Police then began firing on the suspect, killing him."   Another reports says the officers, "got as close as 21 feet" to the rapist.     That fits SWMNGUY's words:  "to touch a police dog is a capital offense, with the sentence being summary execution on the spot."

I would just like to point out that one officer firing his gun (Thissen) on Feb. 12 was also chasing a robber on foot only weeks earlier (Dec.2012).   The robber was shot while running away and there are people saying that dead man was shot in the back & and back of the head.

In the early 1900's, our society sometimes embraced the concept of "Judge Lynch" - the public mob lynching or beatings of suspects (often with police complicity).    Has our society regressed to the point of accepting vigilante justice?    Is it OK if the vigilante's are the cops?    We should be extremely fearful of the possibility of police administering street justice.   We should be demanding more answers - more details.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Clearly the full story, whatever it is, hasn't come out yet.  I'm sure there are as many versions right now as there were people involved.  One version, we'll never hear.  

Obviously, none of this would have happened if Young Mr. Franklin had just pulled over and spoken with the cops.  He didn't do that, and all hell broke loose.  Some versions of this story say his girlfriend was in his car with him?  I'd like to hear what she has to say.

I live in a house built similarly to the one where this thing ended.  It would be a bad idea to shoot off a bunch of rounds from an MP5 in my basement.  Ricochets all over the place.

Young Mr. Franklin must not have been much of a current affairs buff.  If he were, he'd have known that to touch a police dog is a capital offense, with the sentence being summary execution on the spot.  The guy in St. Paul a couple of months ago found that out.

And whatever happened to Mr. Romero, I don't think a helmet and proper footwear for motorcycle riding would have saved him.  Having driven that stretch of Blaisdell many times, I've heard emergency sirens and not been able to tell where they were coming from, and that was in a quiet car.  The way I saw cops speeding around town all afternoon Friday, I doubt he could have safely avoided the police vehicle running the red light, even if he had "put his bike down" immediately.  One squad I saw going at least 50 mph northbound at Park at about 42nd, nearly an hour after the shootings on Bryant.  I was listening to a breaking news alert about the incident already on the radio at that time.  

One thing I'm glad of is how rare this sort of thing is in Minneapolis.  My encounters with MPD has been 100% positive, even in my early adult years when it was my misbehavior attracting their attention.  But my encounters have been vastly less dramatic than this incident was, and this doesn't look like it went down according to anyone's idea of how it should have.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

cops should be mandated to wear go pros - especially when they have all this expensive military gear. lets keep tabs on how they are using these toys given to them by the taxpayer

Adam Jones
Adam Jones

If he was trying to disarm an officer, then he was fair game for being shot.

Tim Charest
Tim Charest

Based on article and circumstances it sounds like its way too early to know how things exactly went down.

kieferaw1
kieferaw1

Being Honest, even if this kid was a honor student and the best person in the entire world, his demise came because of his choices from start to finish in this incident. No need to try to skew it any other direction. Mr. Franklin is dead because he was reported to police after victimizing others by way of burglarizing someone's home. Instead of being held accountable Mr. Franklin endangered the lives of countless others attempting to flee. This is not a big bad ugly cop story as many people love to celebrate. This is a Predatory human being and his choices causing his own death and injury to people brave enough to attempt to hold a human being like this accountable.

Rebecca Walker
Rebecca Walker

I get so sick of people blaming the mpd for assholes that break the law!!!they are just trying to do their jobs. rememberwho you call when you need help .is it the dope man or the cops......

kieferaw1
kieferaw1

I am sooooooo tired of people giving their UNDER-educated opinions and trolling negativity on twin cities news stories. Its embarrassing that we fancy ourselves so educated and so willing to care for people of far ranging backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, etc but then we savage police as if its realistic or accurate for anyone that doesn't engage in physical confrontations with dangerous predatory human beings for a living.

Ask yourself this, aside from the playground growing up when was your last mutual combat physical altercation with someone that meant you harm? It is just seriously ridiculous to pass judgment on law enforcement officers without taking into account extremely rare are citizens in physical altercations with law enforcement without being involved in the victimization of others. No question there are incidents that take place in which Law Enforcement officer are abusive and are outside of their legal boundaries but do we really believe that is the case every time?

Every high profile case that comes across the MN media, their is always a family member to explain how amazing a person their son/daughter was despite them murdering/commits crimes. Well its easy to buy into that BS until someone victimizes you at which point you are individually outraged. Its nonsense, anyone that commits crime/victimizes other should be championed as a victim. Mr. Franklin was shot and killed because of multiple choices he made, he is not a victim of circumstance or conspiracy. He ran from the police after being reported to them by citizens concerned that he had burglarized homes and was looking to continue victimizing other residents. He had a gun as reported by his passenger whether he dumped it during the chase or not. He then fought with a police dog and officer in a tight space gaining access to a police weapon during the fight and wounding 2 police officers. That's is why he died. City Pages should portray it as such and people should take that into account before spewing hatred.

The Law Enforcement business is a very unique profession but a profession none the less. In any business there are many different types of people. Just being honesty in every business in the world there exists assholes, disgruntled types, overachievers, etc. Be very clear with yourself about how you live your life and how you conduct your business because if not you are not honest with yourself and may be allowing yourself to have a false sense of your ability to be critical of others in a wholesale manner.

Erin Marie Maples
Erin Marie Maples

No. Most people never read the article. They just make judgements off the headline. smh

Erin Marie Maples
Erin Marie Maples

Wow. This article sure brings many questions into this. Doesn't sound like the cops did things the way they should in either circumstance. Not surprising, I'm glad that witnesses dispute things, thankful for people that still have enough back bone to speak what they saw even if it is against the police.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

these dumb slimy pigs - cannot even capture a burgler - 

Shawn Taylor
Shawn Taylor

Paul, you could suggest it from the title of this post!

Mary Wick
Mary Wick

Another law suit against the City of Mpls because of the police dept. They cost us too much money.

Jake Foster
Jake Foster

at trevor. would 2 officers let their wepons be taken from them? even if one did wouldnt the other officer just shoot him, doesnt look like hes to buff from the pictures? theres lots of holes in the story and there isnt another side of the story because hes dead. sooooo. kinda leaves alot of room for speculation considering all the crap cops have been doing across the country in the name of "anti-terrorism". why wouldnt the family of terrence be let to see his body if he was only shot a few times fatally.?

Paul Lockman
Paul Lockman

Did anyone even bother to read the article here ??? At what point is city pages pointing the blame on the cops ? They are more less stating the facts of what is known at this point , don't put so much faith in police officer more often then not they are more criminal then citizens especially Hennepin county , pretty sure everyone is aware of the track record they have gained over the years as bring corrupt and crooked .

Dee Finkelson
Dee Finkelson

nowadays, criminals become police n police become criminals.....

Gregory Shetzer
Gregory Shetzer

i thought it looked like a cop shooting unarmed man from the get go. then they shot themselves in the legs to make it look like the guy shot at them....with the cops own gun!

Trevor Ludwig
Trevor Ludwig

You are assuming the cops shot themselves in the legs? This is possibly the most idiotic title you have come up with. ever. Congrats. Way to be a sensationalistic rag.

heidi
heidi

It would be easier to take you seriously if you would write and speak in english

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@kieferaw1 why is he dead tho? he was just trying to steal some shit. Much like you do with all your tired cop rhetoric

taquilaqleggins
taquilaqleggins

Tell me how the hell it was 5 cops 2 injured with there original guns but the boy shot multiple of times with a mp5 and dont nobody know if he shot the officers or not when he supposed to had grabbed the mp5 it just makes no sense

jason.dorweiler
jason.dorweiler topcommenter

@Rebecca Walker So its fine that 2 people got in harms way and died? On the account of MPD? 

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Not a very well thought out post Trevor.....except for the "sensationalist rag" part.

heidi
heidi

So stealing shit is acceptable and no one should call the cops? How about this, don't be a criminal and you will not have to worry about it

kieferaw1
kieferaw1

@digitalprotocol @kieferaw1 No he died for fleeing after the fact and fighting with police to include shooting 2? Even your ideology cant allow you to miss that as the reason being he is deceased. Rhetoric or not all I am saying why explain away the predatory behaviors of people that victimize others? They don't need any help with that, it comes very easy to those that commit crimes against others.

kieferaw1
kieferaw1

@digitalprotocol @kieferaw1 Nope. I am a Marine and I do work in Law Enforcement though. Really has nothing to do with my stance though. Being a victim of burglary and knowing how it feels to be victimized makes it pretty clear that Mr. Franklin was a dangerous person and I am glad there was men and women willing to meet him head on to protect people from him.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@kieferaw1@kieferaw1 @mingtran the circumstances of the dead mans life do not matter. He was doing a crime, big fucking deal. this is the city, crime happens. 

the cops were obviously inept and undertrained.

i could have drawn up a far better plan to CAPTURE the suspect then rushing him with a MP5 ( a costly weapon that they dont need)

kieferaw1
kieferaw1

@digitalprotocol @kieferaw1 I am a huge proponent of asking questions and holding people accountable. I am saying dont engage in internet trolling and making the villains law enforcement when it doesnt apply. Dont explain or excuse away the predatory nature of Mr. Franklin or anyone who does crime and victimizes others it ridiculous and very prevalent here in the city pages and in our society. This article is guilty of it. 

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

The cops definately come out smelling like shit, but stop denying science. The appropriate question is "why did this guy turn to a life of crime in the first place?" If it weren't for his actions, none of this would have happened. What is the point of agitating if said agitation is not thought provoking, only annoying?

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@kieferaw1 why not ask questions? why did the cops need an MP5? Why do cops ignore protocol?

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