A Minneapolis police officer opened fire on a rifle-wielding man Wednesday morning after the man allegedly shot into his former girlfriend’s home and then pointed the weapon at responding officers, authorities said.
The single shot missed the 36-year-old man, who turned and fled, Assistant Police Chief Matt Clark said. The Star Tribune generally does not publish the names of suspects who haven't been charged.
“We’re investigating what happened inside the residence where this occurred, but the information that the officers responded to was that initially there was a domestic situation and additional calls came in that shots had been fired and that the suspect fled the residence,” Clark told reporters near the shooting scene.
The officer was one of more than a dozen officers who responded about 11:22 a.m. to a report of a domestic disturbance in the area of 23rd Avenue and Lincoln Street, Clark said. After searching the house, the officers encountered the suspect in a nearby alley.
It was there that the officer, whose identity was not released, opened fire after the suspect “aimed the shotgun directly at the officers,” a department spokesman said. The suspect fled, but was arrested a short time later, the spokesman said.
No officers were injured.
Below is a cell phone video of the incident's aftermath, taken by Alan Church, who was visiting friends in the neighborhood: