Minneapolis Police Officer Dies in Ambush Shooting

(RepublicanReport.org) – While gun violence in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is down year-over-year, that doesn’t mean the number is zero. To date, police in the city have answered over 2,200 shots fired calls. Every time officers respond to one of those incidents, they put their lives on the line — and sometimes, they don’t come home.

On May 30, Officer Jamal Mitchell from the Minneapolis Police Department responded to a shooting call. When he was nearing the scene, the officer stopped his vehicle to provide aid to what he believed to be shooting victims outside. That’s when he was “ambushed” and shot by one of the men.

Mitchell was later pronounced dead at Hennepin County Medical Center. Another police officer then arrived on the scene and tried to help, exchanging gunfire with the suspect, but he was shot as well. Others injured during the incident included a firefighter and what police believe was an innocent bystander.

Officer Mitchell had only been with the department for 18 months. He was a dad and engaged to be married. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey called the fallen officer a “hero,” stating his “name will forever be remembered.” Frey also said the investigation is still underway and asked the people of Minneapolis to “be patient” while the police do their jobs. He added that authorities didn’t “know all of the facts yet” and wanted to make sure the investigation is conducted thoroughly and properly. Police found one person dead and another critically wounded inside the apartment, which is where Mitchell was headed.

Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Superintendent Drew Evans didn’t mince words while speaking about the incident, stating he didn’t use the word “ambushed” lightly. The superintendent said he saw the video of Mitchell’s attack. Still, the police said the “public [was] not in danger.”

Mitchell’s alleged killer was later identified as 35-year-old Mustafa Ahmed Mohamed. He was also killed at the scene.

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