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Associated Press, Published August 22 2012

Minneapolis park officers stabbed, suspect shot in ambush

MINNEAPOLIS — Authorities say a man accused of stabbing two Minneapolis park police officers admitted that he placed a fake 911 call so he could lure officers before attacking them.

The 38-year-old man was shot by a Minneapolis park police officer after the attack and was under guard Wednesday at Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was in stable condition.

Minneapolis police Sgt. Bill Palmer said authorities got a call late Tuesday about a robbery at knifepoint near Minnehaha Parkway West and Bryant Avenue South.

Two park police officers responded — a male officer and a female officer. When they approached the man, who they thought was a victim, he stabbed the male officer in the chest, then stabbed the female officer in the upper back.

The male officer shot the man to defend his partner.

Palmer said in a statement the male officer was not hurt because of his protective armor. The female officer was treated at the hospital and released to her home, where she was recovering. She also suffered a head injury.

The suspect told police “he called 911 to report being robbed as he wanted to hurt police officers when they arrived to talk to him,” Palmer said.

The officers’ names will be released Thursday.

Minneapolis Park Police Chief Linda Bergstrom said this is the park police unit's first officer-involved shooting.


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