Minneapolis cops in mistaken raid were hunting guns, gang member

  • Updated: December 21, 2007 - 9:09 PM

Officers who raided the wrong house in north Minneapolis last weekend were told that three guns were concealed in basement rafters, according to a search warrant made public Friday.

The search ended with shots being fired by police and the homeowner, but nobody was hurt. Police Chief Tim Dolan apologized to the family.

According to court documents:

On Dec. 15, a woman told police her boyfriend threatened her at gunpoint. He accused her of giving police information about a fellow Rolling 60s Crips gang member that led to a federal indictment.

They argued, but she fled and went downtown to file a police report. She said three guns were concealed in the house in the 1300 block of Logan Avenue N. and that her boyfriend was a gang member.

Based on her report and other information, the department's Violent Offender Task Force executed a warrant at 1821 Oak Park Av. N. They arrested Jermaine Brown and found several guns in the basement. Brown, the woman's boyfriend, was charged this week with second-degree assault and felon in possession of a firearm.

Police have said they had no reason to believe the Logan Avenue address was inaccurate because she repeated it several times. During the raid, two officers were shot by the homeowner, but their protective armor prevented injury.

DAVID CHANEN

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