Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Minneapolis Burglary Arrest Turns Violent

A shot was fired by a Minneapolis police officer during a struggle while arresting a burglary suspect, as KSTP Eyewitness News reports: "Shot fired during robbery arrest" (I believe that since the property was unoccupied, it would be a burglary, not a robbery).

A robbery suspect is in police custody after he resisted arrest, triggering a struggle that ended with a Minneapolis police officer's gun discharging.

No one was shot, but both the officer and suspect suffered minor injures from the struggle.
The criminal is lucky he didn't get shot. Resisting armed police officers is a foolish venture.

Police say it all started just after 12:30 Wednesday morning when they were called to a break-in at Krause Anderson construction. The first officer to arrive attempted to arrest a man fleeing the building - but the man retreated to a van.

"The suspect was trying to leave, put the van into gear, the officer had his weapon out, and a struggle occurred with the officer outside the van, and the suspect inside the van," police spokesman Ron Reier said. "A shot was fired, the officers were able to subdue the suspect."

Investigators are still working to determine whether the officer fired the shot -- or the suspect grabbed for the gun during the struggle.
What are the odds this criminal will receive meaningful prison time in Hennepin County? Based on recent crime statistics, I'd say low.

[Photo courtesy KARE 11 News]