Man Opens Fire at Police Swearing-In

Suspect shot dead at Minnesota town hall
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2015 12:50 AM CST

Two police officers in suburban Minneapolis came under fire within moments of being sworn in last night. Police say that immediately after the ceremony at a council meeting at New Hope City Hall, a man with a "long gun" opened fire on the newly sworn-in officers and others who were at the meeting as they left the council chambers, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Officers immediately returned fire, killing the suspect, whose name has not been released. Two police officers were injured.

Video from the meeting shows some council members diving for cover as shots rang out while councilman John Elder—who is also a public information officer for the Minneapolis Police Department—pulls out his handgun and takes aim at the door, yelling for others to get down, reports the New York Daily News. "That went right through the door," another council member says. "Somebody got shot." Police say both injured officers are in good condition and are expected to survive. (More Minnesota stories.)

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