A Minnesota officer was shot Saturday morning in Minneapolis after someone fired at police as they were leaving a burglary call. Authorities say they now have a suspect in custody, according to WCCO. The officer was identified by WCCO as Jordan Davis, but the suspect’s name has not been released.
“[Davis] was shot in the shoulder while standing outside of his squad car … The shot “came from that house or the car in front of the house,” the non-injured officer told dispatch. “It was right next to us. Did not see anybody. Came out of nowhere.”
The Minnesota officer who was shot is in satisfactory condition at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. Police wouldn’t describe his injuries. Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau met with the officer and his family at the hospital.
Police dogs are seen searching nearby garages and alleys for the suspect. At least three dogs are searching an inner perimeter that spans several blocks for articles of clothing or anything else suspicious, according to The Inquisitr.
“There is little doubt that an officer was the intended target of this shooting and that this officer just happened to be the one who was there,” Harteau said in a police release.”
The Minnesota officer who was shot is one incident that serves as a reminder to what danger police face because they choose to wear a uniform. Harteau is asking for continued prayers for the officer, his family and every officer who is out protecting and serving their communities.
“It is believed an officer was the intended target of that shooting,” police spokesman John Elder said. “This officer, it is believed, was shot because he chose to wear a uniform.”
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges called the shooting a “cowardly act.”
“We are sparing no effort to apprehend and bring to justice whoever is responsible for it,” she said.
Elder declined to say where on his body the Minnesota officer was shot and said it was not clear whether the officers were lured to the area, notes Examiner. Officers surrounded the area and searched for hours but haven’t found the suspect or the gun. The incident follows the fatal shooting of two police officers in New York City in December by a gunman who had written that he wanted to avenge the killing of unarmed black men by police.