Burnsville shooting: Two police officers, one firefighter shot dead

Time Of Info By TOI Desk Report   February 19, 2024   Update on : March 2, 2024

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Two police officers and a firefighter were shot dead after responding to a domestic incident in Burnsville, Minnesota early Sunday morning.

Another officer was injured in the incident began around 1:50am CT, said local authorities.

City officials said in a press release that Burnsville police were called to a home where a man was reported to be armed and barricaded inside with family members.

The situation escalated into gunfire with responders after arriving, the city officials said.

The fatal shootings resulted in the deaths of three men, while another officer, Sgt. Adam Medlicott, was injured and hospitalised.

According to the city, his injuries are not life-threatening.

The three victims were identified as officers Paul Elmstrand and Matthew Ruge, both 27, and firefighter or paramedic Adam Finseth, said Burnsville city officials.

According to the news release, the suspect, who has not been identified, was also killed.

The officials said the other family members have been able to leave the home and are safe.

During a news conference Sunday, Superintendent Drew Evans of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said a total of seven children between the ages of two and 15 were in the home.

Someone in the house called 911, he said.

Evans said the unidentified man had “multiple guns and a large amount of ammunition” when he shot at police “from multiple locations inside the home.

He added that multiple firearms were recovered from the residence.

The medical examiner will identify the suspect and body camera footage from the officers will be reviewed, Evans said.

According to city officials, Elmstrand, 27, joined Burnsville’s police department in 2017 and was promoted in 2019 while Ruge, 27, joined the force in 2020.

Since 2019, Finseth, 40, has worked as a firefighter and SWAT paramedic in the city.

Finseth previously worked with the fire departments in Savage and Hastings, Fire Chief BJ Jungmann.


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