An arrest was made on Saturday afternoon in connection with what Minneapolis police are calling a targeted attack on one of their own. The officer was shot after arriving at a residence early Saturday morning in response to a report of a burglary on the 1100 block of 24th Avenue North. The police officer’s partner took the wounded officer to North Memorial Medical Center in the Minneapolis suburb of Robbinsdale with non-life-threatening injuries.
The wounded cop has not been identified by the department, but the Star-Tribune is reporting that a source “close to the investigation” has told them that the wounded Minneapolis officer is Jordan Davis. According to police, the officer is currently in satisfactory condition.
After an extensive hours-long search of alleys and garages involving at least three police dogs searching for items of clothing or any other suspicious article, police officers and a SWAT team from the Fourth Precinct surrounded a home located at 1119 Logan Avenue North in north Minneapolis. There they arrested 43-year-old Andrew Neal at approximately 1:30 p.m. on charges of domestic assault and burglary as well as for violation of his probation. During their announcement of the arrest, Minneapolis police said they are continuing to investigate the assault and burglary charges as well as how they tie in to the officer’s shooting.
Spokesman John Elder of the Minneapolis Police Department said that the officer was responding to a call in the Jordan neighborhood of north Minneapolis. Upon returning to his patrol car at approximately 5 a.m., he was shot while standing outside of it. Calling it “simply an assault against the police,” Elder said that the department believes the officer was “targeted because he was wearing a uniform.” No details were given on the specifics of the cop’s injuries, but WCCO is reporting that the officer was hit in the shoulder.
Chief Janee Harteau of the Minneapolis police visited with the Officer Davis and his family at North Memorial. Harteau said that she believes the shooter was targeting the cops. The chief had recently set up a steering committee of which Ron Edwards was a member. Edwards said that the black community had made an effort to convince Neal to turn himself in rather than causing more violence.
The mayor of Minneapolis, Betsy Hodges, called the officer’s shooting “a cowardly act.” John Delmonico, chief of the police union, said they believe the officer himself was not the target, but rather law enforcement as a whole, adding, “he never saw it coming.”
WCCO spoke to a woman who alleges that the suspect, who she knows, broke into her home. According to the woman, a male friend of hers used a kitchen knife to stab the intruder twice, after which he fled the home.
Saturday’s shooting comes just two months after two New York City police officers were fatally shot inside of their squad car. Before the shooting, the killer posted that he was going to seek revenge against police for their killing of unarmed black men. North Minneapolis resident Derrick Neal, no relation to the gunman, spoke with the Star Tribune on Saturday. He said that to have this happen in the neighborhood was sad, and that even though he knows that there has been tension between the black community and police, “people have gotta grow up.”
Matt Clark, assistant chief of the Minneapolis police, described Officer Davis as a respected canine officer with the 4th Precinct. Clark added that Davis maintained a good relationship in the north side area of Minneapolis where he patrolled.
By Jennifer Pfalz
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