Wounded By Cop, Robbery Suspect Facing Charges

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — An armed robbery suspect is jailed and awaiting charges after being shot and wounded by police in north Minneapolis.

Police say on Monday afternoon they were conducting surveillance on 24-year-old Derrel Pruitt, who they say has been connected with multiple armed robberies in Minneapolis and other cities. After pulling over the car he was riding in for a traffic stop, Pruitt jumped out of a car, holding a shotgun.

As Pruitt fled on foot, an officer tried to grab Pruitt’s coat as he was removing it. That’s when the shotgun fell to the ground.

Police said officers gave chase and ordered Pruitt to stop. One of the officers feared Pruitt was reaching for a weapon and shot him.

Pruitt was treated for his injuries and then jailed.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Steve Murphy Reports

“Thank goodness none of our officers were hurt — or any innocent bystanders in this situation,” said Sgt. Steve McCarty, a Minneapolis Police spokesperson.
McCarty said police really wanted to get this suspect, noting he’s wanted in a dozen armed robberies in the Twin Cities in just the past month.

The Hennepin County Attorney is considering multiple charges.

The officer who shot Pruitt has been placed on a three-day administrative leave, which is standard procedure, according to McCarty. That officer has not yet been identified.

  • jackactionhero

    Next time, keep pulling the trigger until you hear a distinct clicking noise, indicating the weapon has discharged the entire complement of its magazine.

  • Sam i am

    Should just kept shooting. This guy is no stranger to the law.

    Why waste the taxpayers money.

  • Captain America

    Shoot, empty, reload, shoot again….

  • zee the reporter

    Another Suspect Shot By Cop!

    • jackactionhero

      Once he’s running around with a loaded shotgun, he’s not really a “suspect” anymore…

    • Chris

      @zee… what is your point?

      Looks like it worked out great.

  • rick perry

    Send him to Texas,we ain’t executin no one till January.

  • Joe's Mom

    I wonder if this is the dude that shot my neighbor in St. Louis Park a month or so ago. I hope he’s the one!

  • TL the alligator

    too bad the shot wasn’t fatal….that would have been the best possible outcome for everybody concerned including the criminal.

    • jackactionhero

      I concur.

      Officer needs more time in the range. Center mass, pull the trigger until they drop. Don’t stop firing until they do.

  • Ben Dover

    I think this officer needs to pritice some shooting skills while on his 3 day vacation, next time leave them dead.

  • anti bachmann

    to bad the officer didn’t take the kill shot and put this one to rest

  • mannix

    Other news reports are stating that the cops ordered him to stop but he didn’t. So if he didn’t stop, then this cop shot a running man in the back. Just so you know this was not a brave act.

    • hunnybear18

      A running man who they’d already found one weapon on and who they believed to be reaching for another. Just so you know that was a really stupid act. Outcome is always the same. That cop deserved to go home alive that night, as did the other innocents this jerk was endangering. Also, if you read the other stories completely, and not just the parts that support your opinion, his injuries were not life threatening, so I doubt he was shot in the back either. They did do a good thing, they got this animal off the streets before he killed somebody else.

  • Tom

    That cop needs to go back for remedial fire arms training if the suspect lived.

  • Erik

    Everyone that commented on this so far completely sucks. Human compassion and dignity is dead. I hope none of you identify as Christian because you all are going to the hell you believe in otherwise. You’ll never know how tough it is for someone else unless you are them. So xxxx all of you tough talking white bread gun nuts.

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