Fugitive sought before accidental police shooting is arrested

  • Article by: NICOLE NORFLEET , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 31, 2012 - 10:23 PM

A Level 3 sex offender who escaped after a confrontation with police was arrested Saturday. The wounded officer is recovering.

Roosevelt Montgomery

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A Level 3 sex offender who escaped arrest late Friday after a police confrontation that left an officer wounded was arrested Saturday afternoon, a police spokesman said.

Roosevelt Montgomery, 42, had slipped out the back door of a Minneapolis house Friday night during the confrontation in which a Minneapolis officer was accidentally shot in the leg as officers opened fire on two threatening dogs.

A bullet hit the veteran officer in the lower leg. He was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where he was listed in good condition.

It's not yet known whether the officer was hit directly or by a shot that ricocheted, but an internal investigation is being launched and six officers have been put on home assignment, police spokesman Sgt. Steve McCarty said.

No one else was hurt during the incident at the house, located near the intersection of Ilion and 22nd Avenues N. One dog died, and at least one other person was arrested, police said.

Montgomery, who McCarty said is a Level 3 sex offender, has had numerous assault convictions. Minneapolis police arrested Montgomery Saturday afternoon near the border between Minneapolis and Golden Valley. The suspect was being held without bail in the Hennepin County jail Saturday night.

On Friday, the officers were trying to help the Department of Corrections arrest Montgomery.

According to corrections records, he had been under intensive supervised release after being released from a facility in early March.

The intensive supervised release program is for offenders who are deemed "high risk to the public." They are subject to multiple face-to-face contacts weekly, electronic home monitoring, curfews and mandatory work or school among other restrictions.

Montgomery was being pursued because of a department violation, McCarty said.

Pam Louwagie contributed to this report Nicole Norfleet • 612-673-4495 Twitter: @stribnorfleet

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