"There is little doubt that an officer was the intended target of this shooting and that this officer just happened to be the one who was there," Chief Janee Harteau said in a statement. CBS Minnesota reports that the name of the officer is Jordan Davis.
According to the affiliate, Davis was shot in the shoulder while standing outside his squad car around 5 a.m. Saturday morning. Davis and his partner had responded to a burglary call, and had just finished clearing the scene.
MPD clearing much of perimeter near 24/Fremont; wrapping evidence search near original scene.Thanks patient residents pic.twitter.com/TCF66iu8FK
— Minneapolis Police (@MPD_PIO) February 21, 2015
CBS Minnesota reports that police arrested 43-year-old Andrew Neal in connection with the shooting. Assistant police chief Matt Clark told the Twin Cities Pioneer Press that Neal was arrested on suspicion of violating his probation, burglary, and aggravated domestic assault, and that any connection with the attack on Davis is still being investigated.
"We're looking to see if that is a setup for the shooting, or did this individual just drive around looking for a police officer of some sort," John Elder, a police spokesman, told the AP. "At this point we don't know."
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