Matt McKinney

Reporter | Public safety
Phone: 612-673-7329
Matt writes stories from Minneapolis, chiefly about crime, but has also told readers about a dying man who recovered his stolen bicycle so he could pass it on to his children; a house built so well it doesn’t need a furnace; a man who died a virtual stranger in his own neighborhood, despite having lived a full life; and shortcomings in the city’s public auctions process. He once wrote a poem about the weather. And the newspaper published it.

Recent content from Matt McKinney

Samuels' 'Minneapolis crime families' claim true in general

Officials, community members concur with the mayoral candidate's theory to some degree.

Updated: October 05, 2013, - 04:51 PM

Man suspected in brutal attack outside Mpls. store arrested

The victim survived the brutal attack, which was caught on video. Police suspect a gang rivalry.

Updated: October 03, 2013, - 09:16 PM

Terrance Franklin pleaded for his life, family says

The family’s assertion comes less than a week after a Hennepin County grand jury found that there was no evidence to file criminal charges against the five police officers involved in the May 10 incident.

Updated: September 24, 2013, - 10:54 PM

Sept. 20: Autopsy report: Franklin shot 10 times

Six shots were to the head; others were to the arm, neck and back.

Updated: September 20, 2013, - 09:45 PM

Sept. 20: Grand jury clears police in Franklin case

After the grand jury’s ruling, Chief Harteau described what led to the fatal shooting of burglary suspect Terrence Franklin in Uptown that sparked intense scrutiny.

Updated: September 20, 2013, - 12:50 AM

Attorney defends police as fleeing driver charged in Mpls. fatality

Charges were filed against Yia Her, 34, of St. Paul, accused of fleeing a state trooper through downtown Minneapolis while drunk, then hitting a car and killing Brody A. Sotona, 20.

Updated: September 11, 2013, - 10:04 PM

Passenger in car struck by fleeing vehicle in Minneapolis remains critical

Charges are expected today against the driver of a car being pursued by the State Patrol.

Updated: September 10, 2013, - 08:55 PM

Grieving family questions deadly chase in Minneapolis

Brody A. Sotona, who grew up in Spring Valley, Wis., died when his car was broadsided by a suspected drunken driver fleeing from a state trooper.

Updated: September 10, 2013, - 06:09 AM

Mpls. police: Gun and teen uncle who accidentally shot infant still missing

The circumstances leading to the critical wounding of a 2-month-old boy Thursday night in north Minneapolis are not as initially believed, police said late Friday morning, and they are calling the shooting accidental.

Updated: September 06, 2013, - 11:11 PM

Man killed in downtown Mpls. after crime alert goes only to businesses

A civilian employee of the Police Department issued an alert to downtown businesses on Aug. 14 but did not issue a more broad “crime alert” to residents and others who subscribe to the service, which would have required the approval of a police inspector or lieutenant.

Updated: September 06, 2013, - 12:56 PM

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