Officers, Paramedic Killed During Response To Domestic Call

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( – On Sunday, February 18, a paramedic and two police officers were killed in a fatal shooting in a Burnsville residence. 

The emergency and law enforcement vehicles responded to a domestic incident near the 12600 block of 33rd Avenue South. According to the local media reports, there were multiple children inside the residence during the incident.

Images from the scene showed a SWAT vehicle at the site with around 6 bullet holes in its windshield. Later reports revealed that the two officers killed were Paul Elmstrand and Matthew Ruge, who were 27 years old. Paramedic and firefighter Adam Finseth, age 40, was the other victim. Shannon Gooden, age 38, was identified as the suspect and had reportedly barricaded himself in the home with seven children before killing the officers and paramedic, and then ultimately, himself.

Gov. Tim Walz (D) in his Facebook post about the incident noted that the officers had responded to the scene to protect a family that was in danger. He added that apart from the three members that have lost their lives, there were also other officers who were injured. 

He proceeded to say that the “bravery” of first responders and police officers should not be taken for granted. 

Minneapolis Police Chief Brian O’Hara also shared a post on Social Media calling for people to pray for the Police Department. 

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., in her own post on X, formerly known as Twitter, offered prayers to those impacted.

The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association in its own post referred to the officers as “heroes,” stating that it was “heartbroken” over this loss and that their bravery was always going to be remembered.

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