MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Authorities are investigating an incident where a Minneapolis Police officer shot and injured a suspect during an undercover narcotics investigation Tuesday night.

The incident happened at about 6:30 p.m. The man was shot near 20th Street and Nicollet Avenue. Police were attempting to arrest the suspect, and rather than complying with officers’ orders, the suspect attempted to ram a number of officers on the scene with a vehicle.

That’s when an officer opened fire on the suspect vehicle.

“As many that could be fired in 15 seconds, it was intense,” said neighbor Raymond Perry, who said he could smell the gunfire on the street, and counted up to 18 shots.

Chief Deputy Robert Allen said the investigation is only beginning.

“Narcotics investigations can be very dangerous, it’s why we use a lot of people when we undertake them. It’s a risk. Unfortunately it is something we have to do to prevent violence in the city because so much violence is tied to narcotics trafficking,” said Allen.

The man fled the scene in the vehicle down an alley until he stopped on 22nd Street West between Nicollet and Blaisdell Avenues and was arrested. Police said a second suspect was in the vehicle and fled the scene but was not located.

There, authorities discovered that the suspect had sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound. He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center. Authorities said no officers were injured during the incident.

The officers involved in the incident have been place on administrative leave, a standard procedure in these types of cases.

Comments (22)
  1. today was a good day says:

    another day in the hood.

    1. Brandon says:

      Wow dude. That’s not even funny.

      1. @Brandon the 20 somethin says:

        I suppose it isn’t,to a multi-cultural,diversity-embracing,head-in-the-sand Liberal that lives in a world of complete denial of reality.

  2. b8bbgg says:

    Deal drugs with an undercover cop, when cops try to place you under arrest ram into them with a vehicle, get shot. Yes this is your brain when you become a gang banging druggie…….

  3. Kathy says:

    @Dale Would you feel that way if the suspect was your son?

    People don’t think before they comment on Yahoo. The nutty comments on Yahoo are isolated to this site. How did this happen? Readers with something of value to say have moved on…

    1. Kathy says:

      Forgive me. I thought I was commenting on Yahoo. Dale, you’ll find a few good companions if you comment there.

    2. g8bbgg says:

      Hey Kathy how would you feel if they were dealing the drugs on your street? Maybe you need to move on and sober up and see drug dealers for what they really are.

      1. Get a Grip says:

        What they really are, is people trying to make a living illegally. The real news here is police do not have procedure set in place to deal with street crime. That or they are setting themselves in position to take justice into their hands and shooting at suspects. How many times are they going to try to apprehend suspects when they are behind the wheel of a car before they realize their must be a better way?

    3. Brandon says:

      Yup. I feel the same way. Those who speak loudest have moved everyone else away and it is just a shouting match in every story about black and white, republican and democrat. There are shades of gray that exists, and until we start to see them this is what we are left with (the knuckleheads and racists here, not the knuckleheads in the story).

  4. Tball says:

    that is a block from my house! I know minneapolis can be unsafe, but I really felt that my area was okay. 😦 its so scary sometimes how close it hits home. I walk through that ally all the time to go to work. scary.

    1. natalie says:

      I live a couple of blocks away from there (we had trouble getting to our apartment yesterday) and I don’t really understand why this would make you feel unsafe. Unless you’re a drug dealer or a cop you’re at much greater risk of getting hit by a car speeding down Blaisdell.

  5. Jake says:

    At least the cops are SHOOTING BACK. Lord knows, if a CCW permit holder ever ‘shot back’, they would need $100K in their bank account to defend themselves., justified or not.

    1. edward eubanks says:

      At least this is always the official story.I didn’t see anywhere in the story where it said the suspects fired upon the cops. I do see where it says that they tried to flee the scene.

      It seems the cops always say that the suspects tried to run over them. It seems always to be the official story and often as not the police version is challenged by the suspects. Having been arrested by cops who knew they were filing a false report, I wouldn’t believe any reports they filed unless they were witnessed to and attested by Jesus Christ himself.

      1. paul says:

        When people use their vehicles as weapsons against police they deserve to be shot. Good for the police at getting this guy off the street. I am sure that he will hire a lawyer and sue the city for someting once he gets out of the hospital.

  6. curly_racks says:

    Correction: you mean there is a lot of violence due to the war on drugs. You cannot legislate morality. Just another day in the tax payer funded boondoggle aka the unwinnable war on drugs.

  7. curly_racks says:

    Drug dealers are business people…. The Republicans are supposed to be the party of small business and small government…. I guess not here though.

  8. curly_racks says:

    I wonder why you don’t have these problems in Portugal or the Netherlands…FYI teabaggers it costs some major cash to incarcerate drug war pow’s. When will we see that we can’t afford to lock up people for choosing to ingest substances into their own bodies?

    1. just sayin says:

      They do, you just don’t hear about it because you don’t live there.

    2. Chicago welfare train says:

      Haha, what a moron curly racks.

    3. just sayin says:

      She also strictly votes democratic ticket, sadly, because she’s black. Thats the only reason. She doesn’t understand either platform all she hears is, free, free, free, and welfare.

  9. rj says:

    We have to give those coppers more range time.

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