MN Shooting: Family Escapes, Three First Responders Killed

February 20, 2024

We’re hurting. Today, three members of our team made the ultimate sacrifice for this community. They are heroes.

Burnsville, Minnesota Police Chief Tanya Schwartz regarding the death of two police officers and a firefighter during a Minneapolis suburb shooting.

What To Know: On Sunday, a suburban community in Minneapolis was the site of a shooting that killed two police officers and a firefighter. A third officer was wounded. The officers and the paramedic, a part of the SWAT team, were called to the home of an armed man who had barricaded himself and his family, including seven children, inside the house amidst a “domestic situation.” Negotiations lasted hours before the SWAT team entered and the suspect opened fire.

The suspect “had several guns and large amounts of ammunition and shot at the police officers from multiple positions within the home, including the upper and lower floors,” according to Associated Press reporting. Several officers returned fire. The suspect also died but the family was able to leave safely.

The Officers and Paramedic: City officials identified the deceased officers as Paul Elmstrand and Matthew Ruge, both aged 27. They identified the deceased firefighter and paramedic as Adam Finseth, aged 40.

Big Picture: According to the Officer Down Memorial Page (a nonprofit honoring fallen law enforcement officers in the United States), 19 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty in 2024.

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Minnesota community mourns 2 officers, 1 firefighter killed at the scene of a domestic call (The Associated Press)

Photo Credit: Minneapolis Police Chief Brian O’Hara via X (formerly known as Twitter)

by Sarah Pinkerton, based in Paris