Fatal Shooting in South Minneapolis: MPD Officer and Two Civilians Killed in Confrontation with Suspect

MINNEAPOLIS (AX) – Tragedy struck South Minneapolis on Thursday evening, resulting in the deaths of a 28-year-old Minneapolis police officer, two civilians, and the suspected shooter. This marks the first fatal shooting of a Minneapolis officer on duty in more than twenty years, with another officer critically injured in the shootout at a Whittier neighborhood apartment complex.

The incident unfolded around 5:30 p.m. when law enforcement responded to gunfire reports in the 2200 block of Blaisdell Avenue South. Upon arrival, officers were met with immediate gunfire, leading to a chaotic scene with multiple casualties.

Officer Jamal Mitchell, 28, identified by Mayor Jacob Frey, was among the first responders. Mitchell had been commended for his bravery in rescuing an elderly couple from a burning home in February 2023, just days into his tenure. Assistant Chief Katie Blackwell described Mitchell as “outstanding in every way.”

Eyewitnesses described a scene of mayhem, with Reuben Molina recalling hearing rapid gunfire and seeing two individuals attempting to flee. Video footage captured by a nearby resident added to the chaotic portrayal, showing a frantic search for cover amid the gunshots.

At 5:23 p.m., Cory Jones, a local resident, captured critical moments on video as he witnessed the unfolding events following the sound of gunshots and an officer down.

A surge of uniformed and plainclothes officers rushed to the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) upon learning officers were injured. Emotional support was abundant as Assistant Chief Katie Blackwell, Hennepin County Sheriff Dawanna Witt, and Mayor Jacob Frey stood together with grieving officers.

The Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police confirmed Officer Mitchell’s death, while the second critically wounded officer’s identity remains undisclosed.

Governor Tim Walz expressed condolences on Twitter, offering prayers for the first responders working to stabilize the situation. The state pledged support in any necessary resources for the aftermath.

Residents in the vicinity were advised to steer clear as police continued their investigation. Frustrations mounted for some residents unable to return home, with Artaesha McGraw expressing concerns about temporary shelter for her family.

Mitchell’s death marks the second shooting fatality of a Twin Cities police officer this year, following an incident in Burnsville where two officers and a medic were killed during an extended standoff following a domestic abuse call.

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