By Reg Chapman

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Travis Lamotte and his cousin were enjoying the cool breeze Sunday afternoon when a masked gunman entered Lamotte’s Minneapolis apartment and told the cousins to get on the floor.

“All of a sudden, I look at the door, and [the gunman] had the gun in our face,” Lamotte said, who lives in the Sexton Lofts building, located near the intersection of 5th Street and Portland Avenue.

Lamotte said the gunman tied up his female cousin, but had trouble tying Lamotte’s hands while holding on to his gun. That’s when Lamotte saw an opportunity.

“He set the gun down, and I went and grabbed it,” Lamotte said. “We wrestled for quite a while.”

During the scuffle for the gun, Lamotte said a shot went off that pierced his cousin’s thigh.

Lamotte eventually wrestled the gun away from the intruder and smacked him with it. He then fired two rounds at the intruder as he fled the apartment.

Lamotte said it was the first time he had ever shot a gun.

The intruder eventually got away in a vehicle.

Nicloe Toth, one of Lamotte’s neighbors, heard the shots and ran to her window to see the intruder running. Others in the Sexton building who heard the shots went to see what had happened.

“One of the residents here was smart enough to grab her camera, and she got a couple of pictures of the vehicle the person got in to,” Toth said.

Another neighbor, who’s a graphic artist, used his skills to produce the images for police, Toth said. People on a nearby rooftop also snapped shots of the gunman as he ran.

According to Lamotte, the gunman left behind a bag full of zip ties that he to be used to tie Lamotte and his cousin up.

Lamotte said his cousin is recovering from her wound, but is a little shaken.

Police have yet to make any arrests in connection to this incident, and they also advise that people comply with a gunman’s demands. They said Lamotte was lucky.

Comments (32)
  1. Joe Fish says:

    Bwaaaahahahah – First time shooting a gun and he hits his cousin. Well, props for not going limp and letting the bad guy have his way. But – how about bucking up some and learning how to shoot a gun. This isn’t Euphoria Blvd – its Murderapolis.

    1. Guy says:

      Hey – Try to aim when you are WRESTLING for the gun … lets see just how good YOU do…

      1. JOe FIsh says:

        No, not questioning that – the irony is the first time he fires a weapon he hits someone. Lucky it wasn’t himself as hand to hand with a weapon never has a predictable outcome. There is no cut here. I hold the guy up for making a move on the perp. Good job – For me and my wife and our daughters – were armed, we practice and we will draw on you.

  2. sam says:

    the burglar hit his cousin. He shot at the intruder at he escaped in the SUV. duh

  3. tom says:

    bet the perp was b lack, thats why there is no discription

  4. Carol says:

    “Lamotte said he hit the intruder with the gun and fired a few rounds at the him as he fled the building.”

    Glad to hear the injuries were minimal, but what a dumb-ass move. It’s amazing he didn’t kill anyone. Leave those moves to the TV shows and movies. One of the principle lessons of gun safety is know what’s beyond your target. UGH.

  5. Guns4ever says:

    Nice shootin’ Tex.

  6. Hmmmm says:

    Burglary but they had Zip ties to tie up people? Sound like some details are being left out… smells more like a drug rip off or something of that nature.

    1. March113 says:

      I was thinking the same thing. This was not random.

    2. jeff says:

      this building is filled with young professionals. that isn’t to say they are exempt from doing drugs but i doubt your theory seriously. i have walked by this place a thousand times and i have to say, i would never purchase one of the ground floor units. this building sits in a see of urban trash and hcmc (the legit drug dealer) is right down the street. lot of junkies hang out their. he probably left his curtains open for everyone to see inside, some thug tuff guy walked by, cased the place and made a plan. (a poor one at that)

      i’m sure if this guy had gun training it would have ended differently. how nice is it to sit here and say what he should have done and what you would have done?

      1. Scott Alan says:

        When the adrenalin flows, the training takes a vacation. Trained officers might be able to hit three times out of ten.

  7. Tennesee Jed says:

    Why was he being intimate with his cousin?

    1. Jennie Lariss says:

      No, Jed. You can keep your sick inbreeding fantasies in Tennessee. We aren’t into that here in Minnesota. They were watching tv and waiting on friends. Now, go back to your inbreeding state and stop trolling

      1. Kentucky Grampa says:

        The inbreeding joke is a little too close to home for ya Jennie? Are you still Daddy’s girl?

  8. Jay says:

    Given all of the witnesses, why doesn’t this story include descriptions of the suspect or his vehicle?

    1. Lonna says:

      Because they were black and some media outlets are afraid to say that these days. It’s sad isn’t it? How can the public help if the news stations can’t even provide a description at least, or even the pictures that were taken??

      1. kevin says:

        Not only that Lonna…but when you state the facts WCCO sensors you….

        1. Ray says:

          That’s the part that is so frustrating. Wasn’t the point of reporting crimes on the news was to provide info and catch the perpetrater?

      2. Midwest Mindset says:

        So you are saying WCCO is protecting black criminals OR that all criminals are black ORRR all blacks are criminals? C’mon folks lets elevate our thinking! Perhaps, there just aren’t enough details yet to give a sensible description, hmmm. Saying the suspect is “black, wearing a mask, and is able to run” probably wouldn’t produce the most useful leads!

  9. fred says:

    if the victim didn`t take the gun away from the robber, we would be reading about a double execution and robbery.

  10. The Jig Is Up says:

    Saw the clip last night and thought something seems “off.” I still think something’s missing from this story when I review it this morning His body language and eye movements don’t quite match his story. If it’s true, good on him. If not, we’ll find out soon enough.

  11. Bob Klinger says:

    Get off the drug kick, Go back to tennesex. Who would not be nervous as hell.He did what everyone should do. Take out the Trash. Look for the bad as you all hide in your holes. But if someone puts a gun to your head, than write back. This MAN should be proud. Be safe my friend

  12. Paul Bunyan says:

    Man, if that would’ve happened to me after the week I had,that sucker would be a goner!!!

  13. Wipe the grin off your stupid face says:

    The quy looks like an idiot. This time he was lucky

    1. elizabeth says:

      Shame on you to write this. This time, the guy who broke in was lucky. This hero has every right to “grin” knowing both him and his cousin are okay. This story is so scary, you should feel safe in your home without having to worry about trash like this.

  14. Bocie says:

    I did not see a grin, I saw a young Man do what no doulbt saved him and his cousins life. Only thing is He would have had to drag the Garbage back in his place, or get in trouble. Wish I couda been there. I HAVE shot a gun.

  15. Bocie says:

    You know if you Kentucky and Tennesex people had all your teeth, You would know what your mouth is for. Its not for making stupid remarks about life and death situations. by the way, Are you 2 having a lil girl thing going on.???

  16. Lindsey says:

    I went to High School with Travis–he is a good person and I honestly do not believe it was about drugs, etc. I applaud his effort to protect himself, his cousin and his home. With those zip ties there is no telling if it was a robbery or something more sinister. (I am glad no one else was hurt by the stray bullets though) What I hope we all take away from this is how to better defend ourselves.

  17. Kalie says:

    I grew up with Travis and was also his roomate for almost two yrs, the man hasn’t done a drug in his life nor have I ever seen him remotely violent! I’m so proud of my friend! Good work Trav!!! 🙂

  18. Scott Alan says:

    Comply with the criminal? Good idea, like you should comply with a terrorist on a jet plane. Police DO NOT prevent crime, they arrive long after the crime has occurred. You are on your own in this world, Grow up!

    1. Scott Alan says:

      This guy is a genius. The criminal in this case deserved to die. He was begging to be killed. Why let him down?

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