MPD says it found gun ditched by Terrence Franklin during chase that ended with his death

Categories: Crime, Police
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The MPD says Franklin was shot to death in a Lyn-Lake-area basement after he grabbed an officer's MP5 and fired shots.
About 10 months after burglary suspect Terrence Franklin was fatally shot by MPD officers, the Minneapolis Police Department announced it found a handgun apparently ditched by him during the foot chase that culminated in his death.

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A press release distributed by the MPD this morning says the gun was stolen from a home in northeast Minneapolis on May 9, the day before all hell broke loose after Franklin was identified as a burglary suspect while driving down Lyndale Avenue South and pulled over.

Here, via the release, is a timeline culminating in the gun being "forensically tied" to Franklin:
-- May 9th, 2013. Burglary of dwelling at 427 Taylor Street NE. Homeowner reports a TV and handgun were stolen.

-- May 10th, 2013. Terrance Franklin dumps a vehicle on the 500 block of West 28th Street in Minneapolis. 5 blocks away, he takes a gun from a Minneapolis Police Officer and severely wounds 2 officers in a struggle before he is shot and killed.

-- October 28th, 2013. A homeowner at 524 28th Street West found a sock with a 9 mm gun inside of it wedged between his home's foundation and back porch. The homeowner called police who recovered the sock and gun. The serial number on the gun matches the number of the gun stolen from 427 Taylor Street NE on May 9th.

-- October 29th, 2013. Minneapolis Police Department Crime Lab forensic scientists swab the handgun, magazine and live cartridges for possible DNA evidence and latent fingerprints.

-- October 30th, 2013. Minneapolis Police Sergeants take the DNA swabs, sock, and handgun to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for DNA analysis, a common practice.

-- March 4th, 2014. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension informs the Minneapolis Police Department that Terrance Franklin's DNA profile was found on the sock.
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The MPD says Franklin's gun was found outside the house at the far right of this photo.
Reached for comment this morning, MPD spokesman John Elder said it would be "inappropriate" for him to speak about the development ahead of a 10:30 a.m. news conference. An MPD official said at the newser that Franklin wasn't a suspect in the northeast burglary until the evidence connecting him to the stolen gun emerged.

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32 comments
Neil Curran
Neil Curran

This is total horseshit. I'm also shocked that citypages ignorant assmunches following like half of the people who've posted here...wow

Shawn Laughton
Shawn Laughton

Terrance Franklin sounds like he was a great guy. A real upstanding citizen to the community. The "I dint do nuffin" type! Lol

CITYRIDERRT19
CITYRIDERRT19

One more piece of evidence to present in the wrongful death lawsuit you know his family has been gearing up for. 

Felix Ledesma
Felix Ledesma

It's as easy as not putting yourself in these situations and we won't have to read about you in the news...

Dre Demry-Sanders
Dre Demry-Sanders

All of u that are blaming Franklin for his death are truly insensitive and ignorant to the real issues this case presents...I pray for your sake one day you will understand.

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

The police story makes sense to me. Guns left in the home can't protect anyone if no one is there. If you are not guilty, do not run.

Denny Sid Scanlon
Denny Sid Scanlon

Glad they traced the gun back. Don't rob and run and fight police and you won't get hurt. Simple logic.

Prince Carlton
Prince Carlton

Who the hell really believe this shit. So they been looking for that gun for a whole year? Yeah right.

Jake Handegard
Jake Handegard

I did this study with my dad's shot gun the other day... left it loaded on the kitchen table all day... I came home and to my surprise not a single person dead or even a hole in the wall... people kill people guns don't do anything until in the hands of a person.

Hans Dykema
Hans Dykema

I'm not gonna feel bad for this guy. This could have been avoided by not robbing a home, carrying a stolen gun, resisting arrest and assaulting the police. Now the other story about the drunk guy sounds like a completely different issue. That cop should have been able to handle the situation without resorting to violence.

Matt Touchette
Matt Touchette

Actually, no one (including the motorcyclist) would have died if Mr. Franklin hadn't run from police.

Kevin Clark
Kevin Clark

No one would have died if guns weren't involved. Let's ban guns, guys.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Great day for the MPD. You guys are so pathetic.

Bystander333
Bystander333

@CITYRIDERRT19  I don't follow.  The sock and gun are evidence against Franklin in the May 9th burglary, for which he will obviously not be charged, since he is deceased.  How would that support a wrongful death suit?  The police never claimed Franklin had that stolen gun in the basement where he was shot.  Am I missing something?

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

As the article states: " he takes a gun from a Minneapolis Police Officer and severely wounds 2 officers in a struggle "

And you say we're being insensitive....

Bystander333
Bystander333

No, the article says a resident found the gun hidden outside his home in October, and turned it over to the police.  Apparently it took more than 4 months for the BCA to finish the analysis.  That's probably because evidence from other cases took priority.  That gun wasn't involved in Franklin's shooting; it's just evidence that Franklin committed the May 9th burglary, which is obviously a moot point.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

What a stupid asshole.  You should not be allowed to own a gun if you are that wreckless and stupid with the one you own.   Let's hope the toddler that finds your gun accidentally shoots you instead of himself.  

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

His Grandma said he was a good boy.   He just got involved with the wrong crowd.

SosMpls
SosMpls

I'm also not defending Franklin, but he wasn't robbing the house. He was running from about 2 dozen heavily armed cops and a dog, and he broke into a home and hid in the basement.

SosMpls
SosMpls

You're joking, right? 

See what's going on in the Ukraine, that's what happens in an un-armed country. 

CITYRIDERRT19
CITYRIDERRT19

@Bystander333 @CITYRIDERRT19It will be helpful for the jury and the judge to understand the context of why the suspect was being pursued and why the police would need to use deadly force.  This wasn't a young man turning his life around as the parents and their attorney would lead you to believe from interviews with the media.  But a violent criminal who just a day prior to the incident was involved in a burglary and was in possession of a weapon.

SosMpls
SosMpls

@Truth_Teller_1

And, now Grandma will be suing the police dept. for the millions of dollars he would have provided the family, once he turned his life around.

SosMpls
SosMpls

@WhiteMatt @SosMpls

Ummm, that was sarcasm. Have you never heard the saying by the family of life-long criminals "He was just turning his life around?"before?

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