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Officers Shot, Gunman Killed Outside Minnesota City Council Meeting

January 27, 2015  | 

After yelling for his fellow councilmen to get down, former officer John Elder drew his handgun and prepared to respond if the shooter came in the council hall, (Photo: Screen Grab of video)
After yelling for his fellow councilmen to get down, former officer John Elder drew his handgun and prepared to respond if the shooter came in the council hall, (Photo: Screen Grab of video)

A volley of gunfire erupted outside the New Hope, Minn., City Council meeting Monday night when a man shot at a group of police officers, wounding two of them.

Officers returned fire, killing the man, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

The two injured officers were in good condition in the hospital, said Hennepin County Chief Deputy Mike Carlson. They are expected to survive.

Inside the chambers, a video of the ongoing City Council recorded the sound of a gunshot, followed by five or six additional shots.

New Hope City Council Member John Elder, a former police officer and currently a public information officer for the Minneapolis Police Department, appears in the video, behind the council desk with his gun drawn and pointed toward the door to the chambers. The audio on the video then goes silent.


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Morning Eagle @ 1/28/2015 2:40 AM

The Star-Tribune article says two of the officers in the group had just been sworn in moments before in the council meeting. Quite an introduction to the life of an officer on the street! Good job by the officers that returned fire killing the assailant.

Ima Leprechaun @ 1/28/2015 3:58 PM

My guess is they will make the council bench bullet proof after this. There seems to be a lot of people off their medication lately.

Mark @ 1/29/2015 7:40 PM

Thank God that they are safe.

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