Paramedic and Two Police Officers Gunned Down in Minneapolis

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Authorities report that early on Sunday, while attempting to negotiate with law enforcement officials, a man barricaded in his home outside of Minneapolis with seven children and other family members opened fire, killing two police officers and a paramedic.

Before 2:00 a.m., in Burnsville, approximately sixteen miles south of Minneapolis, a gunshot occurred.

According to Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Superintendent Drew Evans, the police were contacted by an occupant of a residence who reported seeing an armed individual surrounded by family members, including children ranging in age from two to fifteen.

Community leaders resisted weeping as they described Sunday evening’s events at his emotionally charged news conference in Burnsville, a city of approximately 64,000 inhabitants, as some of the most trying of the entire year.

Adam Finseth, a firefighter-paramedic assigned to the SWAT team, and police officers Paul Elmstrand and Matthew Ruge, both 27, were fatally wounded, according to the authorities.

Sergeant Adam Medlicott, an additional law enforcement officer, sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to the campus hospital.

In July 2019, Officer Elmstrand was promoted from community service officer to officer with the Burnsville Police Department, where he had been employed since August 2017.

Since his April 2020 hire, Officer Ruge has served as a physical evidence officer and a member of the department’s crisis negotiation team.

Since February 2019, according to the city, Mr. Finseth had served as a firefighter-paramedic.

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