February 19, 2024

3 First Responders Killed in Minnesota Domestic Call Response

Officials in Burnsville, Minnesota, have confirmed the identities of the two police officers and one paramedic who tragically lost their lives in a shooting incident on Sunday morning.

The deceased are identified as police officers Paul Elmstrand and Matthew Ruge, along with firefighter-paramedic Adam Finseth.

The incident unfolded shortly before 2 a.m. in response to a domestic disturbance call, reporting an armed individual barricaded inside a residence with family members.

Upon arriving at the scene, law enforcement officers encountered a volatile situation. Drew Evans, Superintendent at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), revealed during an afternoon press conference that seven children, ranging in age from 2 to 15, were present in the home during the shooting.

The situation rapidly escalated into gunfire, resulting in the tragic deaths of Elmstrand, Ruge, and Finseth. Another officer, Sgt. Adam Medlicott, sustained injuries but is expected to recover.

The assailant, whose identity remains undisclosed, was reported deceased around 8 a.m. Authorities successfully evacuated the family members from the residence following the incident.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz expressed profound sorrow, emphasizing the courage and sacrifice exhibited by law enforcement and first responders daily.

He extended heartfelt condolences to the families of the fallen officers and the entire Burnsville community. Similarly, the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association conveyed their anguish and devastation at the grievous loss.

They lauded the bravery and unwavering commitment demonstrated by Elmstrand, Ruge, and Finseth in safeguarding the community.

The tragic event underscores the inherent risks faced by those in law enforcement and emergency services while meeting needs in local communities.

As investigations into the incident continue, the community mourns the loss of three dedicated public servants while rallying together in support of their families and colleagues.

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