MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 43-year-old Crystal man is charged in the burglary where an investigating officer was later shot and wounded, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.
On Tuesday, Andrew Neal was specifically charged with first-degree burglary in connection to the Feb. 21 incident.
Police are still not saying whether they believe Neal was the shooter or if they are looking for anyone else in connection with the shooting of police officer.
“Mr. Neal was arrested over the weekend and we had until noon today to make the decision on whether to charge him or release him from jail,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said. “There was sufficient evidence to charge him with this crime. Minneapolis police is continuing its investigation into the Saturday morning events and if they find evidence linking Mr. Neal to other crimes, we can consider additional charges.”
According to the criminal complaint, Neal broke into his former girlfriend’s house on the 1100 block of 24th Avenue North just before 5 a.m. Living in the house were also his former girlfriend’s current boyfriend and his teenage son.
Neal allegedly had a hammer and threatened the son with it before lunging at the father, who cut Neal slightly with a pocket knife. Neal then fled out of the back door.
Minneapolis Police Officer Jordan Davis was one of the officers who responded to the incident. He was shot in the shoulder while walking from the house to his squad car. He is now back at home from the hospital.
Police later found a pistol and two magazines in the backyard of a nearby home and it is being analyzed.
Later Saturday, Neal was found inside an apartment at 1119 Logan Ave. N. and was arrested.
Neal’s first court appearance is expected Wednesday and the attorney’s office is seeking a $500, 000 bail.