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Shots Fired: Edina, Minnesota 11/16/2000

A botched bank robbery led to a furious firefight and pursuit between officers and a desperate suspect.

December 06, 2011  |  by - Also by this author

A black male in a dark blue jumpsuit leaped out of the Explorer and into the middle of the road where he raised a rifle and aimed directly at Moyer. Rounds tore into Moyer's passenger compartment.

Moyer drew his Smith & Wesson 4013 TSW pistol and opened his car door to return fire. He'd just squeezed off a shot when a .223 round shattered his driver's spotlight, sending shards of glass into his face. Another went through his door and grazed the top of his forearm as still others riddled his car.

Then as suddenly as he'd initiated his assault White abandoned it. He got back into the Explorer as its rear windows exploded under Moyer's fire and sped off northbound.

Moyer reloaded his pistol before getting back into his squad to continue the pursuit. But his car was dead-a bullet had disabled its electronics system. Putting out what he could over the radio, the marooned Moyer ran back to the bank to do what he could to assist Blood.

The Crash

Never before had Sgt. Scott Kuyper been so aware of his code three response. Driving through the ice-slickened streets, he continually reminded himself that if there was ever a time that he didn't want to crash it was getting to this call.

With Officer Jim Rygg tailing, Kuyper's Chevy Tahoe headed southbound on Valley View Road. That's when he spotted an Explorer in the opposite direction. As the Explorer made a left turn in front of him without signaling, Kuyper noticed its back window was blown out.

Kuyper immediately pulled in behind the vehicle and initiated a pursuit. As he did, he could see its driver reaching into the back of his vehicle. The absence of pedestrians or oncoming traffic allowed Kuyper to drive on the wrong side of the road and force the suspect to take an extreme measure if he was going to shoot at him.

Near Highway 100, White slowed down as though intent on entering the highway. But finding no onramp, he picked up speed as he continued westbound.

They approached a T-intersection at Ridgeview Drive. Kuyper realized that the Explorer was going too fast to clear the intersection safely. Seconds later, the right side of the Explorer slammed into the far side curb, causing the vehicle to slide into the roadway and ripping the right rear tire off its rim. The Explorer ended up at a 90-degree angle across the road, his passenger side facing Kuyper and Rygg.

Jim Rygg was still calling out the pursuit behind him. And Kuyper had gone into a skid. By the time his Tahoe came to a stop atop the ice, his right rear bumper was only 45 feet from White's Explorer—much closer than Kuyper wanted to be when dealing with a suspect armed with a scoped rifle.

Crossfire

But it wasn't a rifle that Kuyper saw when the Explorer's driver stepped out-it was a 9mm Taurus. White's anxiety to get the drop on Kuyper was such that he discharged a round into his driver's side door. The impact of the 9mm Taurus created a double-feed that jammed the weapon. It would prove a costly mistake.

White tossed the disabled Taurus on the Explorer's front seat and again grabbed the Ruger.

Kuyper sprinted around to the right rear of his squad car. Stealing a quick glance down the road and finding no oncoming traffic, he drew his pistol.

Point shooting at 45 feet was not something that Kuyper had ever practiced before, but the need to get the suspect on the defensive was pressing. Knowing that he couldn't penetrate the doors and sheet metal, Kuyper fired seven rounds in rapid succession, blowing out White's passenger side window.

Tags: Shots Fired, Bank Robberies, Edina (Minn.) PD


Comments (5)

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John @ 12/8/2011 12:25 PM

Good for the police officer taking out White....I cant even beleive that needs to be discussed. He saved the tax payer money and a dangerous criminal has been extinguished. White would not think twice about murdering anybody in your way. I wish more cops would do headshots to criminals shooting to kill. Great JOB Police Officers.

Anthony @ 12/12/2011 4:03 PM

Amazing focus, as to which officer questioned the need to shoot an active shooter, they are either an office poge who left working the road or a coward. They need to be taken behind the station and given a good old fashioned a$$ whipping.

Tom Ret @ 12/12/2011 4:24 PM

Any officer who questioned the shooting because at that moment the suspect wasn't shooting has his or her head up their ass.

TripWire @ 12/12/2011 6:13 PM

Anybody that has seen action knows to keep pressing the fight until the enemy (suspect) cannot continue aggressive action. That very much includes when he is reloading.... duh. Anybody who would question that is either ill informed or an idiot.

E Brackett @ 4/18/2012 3:15 PM

I also question any officer that would second guess the officer from taking the shot that ended the encounter. I do wonder, however, why the officer would not use a fully automatic M16, if it was available. I'm thinking that it was probably in the trunk, instead of next to the console, as it is with our dept's vehicles.

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