Stillwater Police Officers were dispatched at 2:29 p.m. Saturday, March 4, to an apartment building located at 2225 Orleans Street West for an unknown medical situation. Officers were quickly informed that the caller was screaming and that there were multiple reports of gun shots inside the complex. Dispatch also advised that an individual stated they had been shot.
Prior to police arrival, the suspect shot many rounds inside and outside of the location, hurting several individuals. Police later learned the suspect had several extended magazines to be utilized in a handgun.
Upon officers’ arrival, they were confronted by a man in the parking lot with a handgun who began shooting at them. At least two squad cars were hit by gunfire. Officers then returned fire, incapacitating the suspect. The officers immediately began lifesaving measures. The suspect was transported to Regions Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
This apartment complex is in close proximity to a residential area as well as several youth recreational facilities that were at capacity at that time. Initially many described this as an “Active Shooter-Type” situation.
This situation could have been much worse, if not for the response of our officers. Because our officers used force during this incident, we have asked the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to complete a through, independent investigation.
This is a large-scale crime scene and I appreciate everyone’s understanding as we navigate the investigation. I know there is some inconvenience, but I am confident the BCA will promptly and professionally complete their work.
The Stillwater Police Department would like to thank the responding agencies for their help during this incident; Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Oak Park Heights Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol, Bayport Police Department, Woodbury Public Safety Department, Stillwater
Fire Department, Lakeview EMS and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
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