Sunday, April 1, 2012

Minneapolis cop hit by friendly fire going after wanted RSO

Andy Taylor: What are you doing? 
Barney Fife: Gun-drawing practice, ten minutes every day. If I ever have to use this baby, I want to teach it to come to papa in a hurry.

Cops have a habit lately of going after registrants with guns blazing, a trend that started with that Shiitake-Worthy Dateline NBC show. The guy wasn't home but the cops ran into some dogs. This led to a real Barney Fife situation:

Stray bullet wounds Minneapolis police officer during hunt for sex offender

A member of the Minneapolis Police Department was hit by a fellow officer's stray bullet Friday night as he assisted the Minnesota Department of Corrections in a search for a wanted Level III sex offender. The raid was ultimately unsuccessful, and the fugitive, Roosevelt Montgomery, remains on the loose.
Minneapolis Police Sgt. Steve McCarty said state corrections personnel asked for police assistance about 9:45 p.m. Friday. They were reporting to the 1600 block of 22nd Avenue North in an attempt to locate Montgomery.
Montgomery, 42, was released from a facility March 6 and is supposed to be on Intense Supervised Release, a program that requires monitoring seven days a week and four weekly face-to-face visits. He was wanted for violating the terms of that release program.
When officers arrive at the scene, they had to fire on several aggressive dogs that ran at them. Montgomery evidently slipped away during the episode. McCarty said the injured officer, a six-year veteran of the force, was "definitely" hit by a stray police bullet.
"There were no nonpolice people firing up there," he said.
The officer, whose name has not been released, was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where he reportedly is doing well.
The Minneapolis Police Department will conduct an internal affairs investigation into the incident, McCarty added.
- Will Ashenmacher

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