Tragic Shooting Shakes Burnsville: Two Officers, Firefighter Killed in Domestic Incident

Early Sunday morning ( Feb. 18, 2024), tragedy struck Burnsville, Minnesota, when two police officers and a firefighter were killed in a tragic shooting.

At approximately 1:50 a.m. CT, law enforcement officials responded to a domestic disturbance complaint.

They discovered a violent scenario at a property where a man, apparently armed and barricaded, was holding his family members inside.

A Tragic Shootout Claims Three Lives and Injures One Officer

Upon arrival, the tense situation swiftly escalated into a lethal exchange of gunfire, killing three heroic responders.

Officers Paul Elmstrand and Matthew Ruge, both 27, and firefighter/paramedic Adam Finseth, 40, bravely faced the threat but tragically died as a result of the violence: another cop, Sgt.

Adam Medlicott was injured during the altercation and sent to the hospital, mercifully with non-life-threatening wounds.

Suspect Killed in Confrontation, But Family Escapes Unharmed

As Burnsville municipal officials deal with the aftermath of the tragedy, investigators said the suspect, whose identity has not been revealed, was also slain in the altercation.

Meanwhile, the surviving family members escaped unscathed, but the ordeal definitely left emotional scars.

Superintendent Drew Evans of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reported that the suspect, equipped with numerous firearms and ammo, confronted police officers from various places within the home.

Tragic Shooting Shakes Burnsville Two Officers, Firefighter Killed in Domestic Incident

The community is in shock and mourning as investigations continue, with body camera footage expected to provide critical insights into the tragic events.

Autopsies are scheduled for Monday to determine the circumstances surrounding the suspect’s death.

Although the immediate threat has been neutralized, authorities advise residents to avoid the area while investigations continue.

In a sorrowful address, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz extended sympathy and condolences to the bereaved community, emphasizing the state’s collective sorrow in the aftermath of such a senseless event.

Walz offered his support for the victims’ families in an online message:

“We must never take for granted the bravery and sacrifices our police officers and first responders make every day. My heart is with their families today and the entire State of Minnesota stands with Burnsville,” Walz added. The governor noted that flags would be flown at half-staff across Minnesota on Monday, and the state Department of Public Safety is “coordinating with local law enforcement to conduct an investigation.”

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Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives arrived in the area following allegations of local police officers involved in a “domestic-related shooting,” the agency stated earlier.

Burnsville is around fifteen miles south of Minneapolis. An official from a labor organization that represents Minnesota police enforcement and first responders also offered support for the victims’ families.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the officers and first responder who responded to a domestic call this morning,” Jim Mortenson, executive director of the Law Enforcement Labour Services Union, told CNN.

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and her husband are praying for the police, according to a statement.

“They were doing their jobs. They were protecting our community. John and I are praying for them and their families and the Burnsville P.D. this morning,” Klobuchar said.

Elmstrand began working for the police department in 2017 as a community service officer before being upgraded to officer in 2019, according to officials.

“He was promoted to Officer in July 2019. He was part of the department’s mobile command staff, peer team, Honor Guard and field training unit,” the city said in the release.

Ruge joined the agency in 2020. He was a physical evidence officer as well as a member of the department’s crisis resolution squad, according to officials.

Finseth has served as a firefighter/paramedic for the city since 2019. As Burnsville mourns its dead heroes, the larger community stands in sympathy, honoring their bravery and fortitude in the face of tragedy.

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