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ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — A gunman fired more than 100 rounds in his suburban Minneapolis neighborhood, seriously injuring a police officer before the suspect was shot and later died, police said Wednesday.
Roseville officers responded to a report of shots fired around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and encountered a chaotic scene as they immediately came under fire, Police Chief Erika Scheider said during a briefing.
An officer was shot in the face and his colleagues dragged him into a police cruiser and rushed him to hospital, where he was listed in stable condition, Scheider said.
The 53-year-old suspect moved into the wooded residential area about eight miles northeast of Minneapolis and continued to fire at officers and homes, in some cases smashing windows, officials said. Neighbors received an alert to shelter in place as police, Ramsey County Sheriff’s Deputies and State Patrol Troopers searched for the shooter.
The shooting continued for about an hour before a Roseville officer spotted the suspect outside a home, returned fire, and the suspect was seriously injured in the groin, Scheider said. . The suspect later died in a hospital, the chief said, and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will determine whether the officer’s gunshots resulted in his death.
A rifle was recovered from the scene and turned over to the BCA, which was investigating the shooting. The BCA also received police body camera video of the scene, the chief said.
The suspect was known to police, Scheider said, because there had been previous mental health calls involving the man and his family.
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