Minneapolis police officer killed in mass shooting – NBC4 Washington

A Minneapolis police officer killed Thursday had responded to a shooting call and was providing medical aid to a man when he was ambushed in a shooting that left two other people dead, including the suspected gunman, authorities said.

Minneapolis Officer Jamal Mitchell was trying to help a wounded man when the man shot him, said Capt. Drew Evans of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Minneapolis police said the public was not in danger but encouraged people to stay away from the scene at a Minneapolis apartment complex in Minneapolis’ south Whittier neighborhood.

The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association said a second officer was injured while responding to the call.

Police held a news conference late that evening to discuss the shooting.

News footage showed a heavy police presence at both the apartment complex and the hospital.

Melvin Carter, the mayor of neighboring St. Paul, said the city sent police and other first responders to Minneapolis to provide support, including having officers help with security at the NBA playoff game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Dallas Mavericks.

Agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had responded to “an active shooter situation,” said Ashlee Sherrill, a spokeswoman for the local field division.

ATF agents were “there to help expedite the firearms investigation,” she said.

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