Heroic Minneapolis Officer Falls While Providing Aid Amid Ambush

Minneapolis police officer Jamal Mitchell was killed while aiding an injured man during a shooting in the Whittier neighborhood. The ambush also resulted in the deaths of two others, including the suspect. Authorities assured public safety and encouraged people to avoid the area. Additional law enforcement support was dispatched to maintain security.

PTI | Minneapolis | Updated: 31-05-2024 09:25 IST | Created: 31-05-2024 09:25 IST
Heroic Minneapolis Officer Falls While Providing Aid Amid Ambush
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A Minneapolis police officer who was killed Thursday had responded to a shooting call and was providing medical attention to a man when he was ambushed in a shooting that killed two other people including the suspected gunman, authorities said.

Minneapolis Officer Jamal Mitchell was trying to help an injured man when the man shot him, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Superintendent Drew Evans said.

The Minneapolis Police Department said the public was not in danger but encouraged people to stay away from the scene at a Minneapolis apartment complex in the south Minneapolis neighborhood of Whittier.

The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association said a second officer was injured while they were responding to the call.

Police were holding a late evening news conference to address the shooting. News footage showed a large police presence at both the apartment complex and the hospital.

Melvin Carter, the mayor of neighboring St. Paul, said the city was sending police and other first responders to Minneapolis to provide support, including having officers help with security at the NBA playoff game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Dallas Mavericks.

Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had responded to "an active shooting situation," said Ashlee Sherrill, a spokeswoman for the local field division.

ATF agents were "there to help expedite the firearms investigation piece of it," she said.

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