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A KSTP-TV report cited unnamed sources as saying that during the struggle in the basement Franklin had grabbed a submachine gun strapped to the chest of one of the SWAT team members and pulled the trigger, apparently firing the bullets that hit two officers.
At a late night news conference Harteau said she didn’t know if the officers had been shot with a police weapon and called the investigation “preliminary” and “complex.”
Later, a police spokesman also said the department had no comment on the report.
In the hours after the shooting, more friends and relatives of Franklin’s gathered at the edge of the shooting scene, looking for answers. Standing as close as the police would allow, several of them said they first heard of the shooting on Facebook, then watched as Franklin’s Facebook page filled up with condolences.
“I just knew he was a good kid,” said Nicole Guise, the mother of Franklin’s three step siblings. “Every time he saw me he would hug me.”
She said Franklin had a 3-year-old son.
“He was a good person; he was not for this,” said Shenise Guise, a relative. She and other members of the family became increasingly frustrated Friday as police officers guarding the area would not allow them into the crime scene.
“I need to know!” shouted Franklin’s father, Walter, who begged police officers to let him see the body. A pair of higher ranking officers eventually appeared and took Franklin aside for a private conversation. Franklin, his head rocking back in grief, then walked away and sat down on a lawn.
On Blaisdell Avenue, the body of Oliveras, the motorcyclist, remained in the intersection with 26th Street for hours as law enforcement officers investigated the crash.
According to witnesses, Torrejon, the female passenger, was injured when the police SUV hit the back of the bike, throwing both riders off.
Enrique Martin, a witness, said police were heading west on 26th Street and the motorcycle was going south on Blaisdell Avenue.
Another witness interviewed by police, Kyndell Harkness, a Star Tribune photojournalist who witnessed the crash as she was on her way to the shooting scene, said she was passed by three police cars with lights flashing and sirens on that went through the red light at Blaisdell, where the motorcyclist had a green light.
The first police car hit the motorcycle, she said; Oliveras was not wearing a helmet and was wearing flip-flops.
The police cars stopped and officers rushed to try and help the motorcycle riders, Harkness said.
Oliveras died at the scene.
Staff writers Maya Rao contributed to this report.
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