A suspect in an ongoing narcotics investigation was shot Tuesday evening by Minneapolis police after he drove his vehicle at officers as he tried to escape arrest, Sgt. William Palmer said.
The incident happened just after 6:30 p.m. in the back parking lot of the Franklin/Nicollet Liquor Store on the 2000 block of Nicollet Avenue S. The suspect's vehicle hit a police vehicle, and at least one officer fired at the suspect.
The suspect continued driving down a T-shaped alley, ultimately stopping near W. 22nd Street, between Nicollet and Blaisdell Avenues, where he was taken into custody. A second suspect who had been in the vehicle fled on foot. He has not been found.
The wounded suspect was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center. His injuries are not life-threatening, Palmer said. No officers were injured.
Six officers have been put on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure after a police-involved shooting. Their names are not being released because they work undercover, Palmer said.
The homicide and internal affairs departments are investigating the incident.
Nicollet Avenue was closed from Franklin Avenue to 24th Street for several hours after the incident, and Isadora Krebs, 19, wasn't able to get to her apartment nearby. She said she loves the neighborhood and "I wouldn't live in any other."
The officer-involved shooting doesn't change her opinion, Krebs said.
"I walk around at night all the time," she said. "Every once in a while someone will try to sell me drugs ... but I've never been asked to buy hard drugs."