On Tuesday, April 5th at 7:30 pm, a 911 caller reported hearing approximately 15 gun shots in the 2900 Block of West Owasso Boulevard, Roseville, MN. Several more 911 callers reported additional shots being fired at homes and one reported the suspect had a scoped rifle.
When our officers arrived in the area, they immediately came under fire with continuous rifle rounds being fired at the officers and their squad cars. Officers were unable to determine where the shots were coming from as the suspect was in a concealed position in a wooded residential area.
In the initial few minutes, a Roseville Police officer was struck in the face by gunfire from the suspect. Recognizing the seriousness of the officer's injuries, his partners moved the officer to safety and loaded him into a squad where he was transported to a nearby hospital.
Throughout the incident, dispatch continued to receive reports from residents reporting their houses were being struck by gunfire from the suspect. Ramsey County Emergency Communications alerted residents in the area to shelter in place while officers continued to try to locate the suspect. Ramsey County SWAT and additional resources were requested and arrived to the scene to support Roseville officers.
At 8:34 p.m., a Roseville officer located the suspect outside a nearby residence. A Roseville officer returned fire and the suspect sustained a significant injury in his groin area. Officers immediately rendered first aid to the suspect. The suspect was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later.
The suspect is a 53-year old white male who lived in the area. His identity was released by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office. Our department has had multiple past mental health related calls with this individual and we will work to get additional details on our past contacts with him and what led up to this event.
Officer Duxbury has been with the Roseville Police Department for 3 years and is loved and respected throughout the department. The officer is in stable condition and we will update the community as the information becomes available.
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