Minneapolis police said they’ve arrested a 43-year-old man on suspicion of burglary and domestic-violence after a police officer was shot in an attack the police chief said was carried out by someone gunning for law enforcement.
The man was arrested in relation to a burglary, NBC station KARE in Minneapolis reported. Police were responding to that burglary complaint at 5 a.m. when an officer that the station identified as Jordan Davis, who was standing outside a squad car, was shot. Police did not say that the suspect is connected to the shooting.
The wounded officer is in stable condition, police said. Police Chief Janee Hartreau said the shooting was an attack on police. "There is little doubt that an officer was the intended target of this shooting and that this officer just happened to be the one who was there," Hartreau said in a statement. "This is a reminder to all that every one of our officers face such danger simply because they choose to wear a uniform."
The man taken into custody was arrested on suspicion of violating probation, probable-cause burglary and probable-cause domestic aggravated assault but he has not yet been charged, the station reported. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges called the shooting "a cowardly act" and said "we are sparing no effort to bring to justice whoever is responsible for it."
— Phil Helsel