Two Officers, Paramedic Killed in Domestic Violence Response

( – Multiple officers and a member of medical personnel died during a domestic dispute in Minnesota, which unfolded during the early morning hours of February 18th. According to an official close to the investigation, the authorities received a call about a domestic incident involving multiple weapons. The report also indicated that the domestic violence call included a family facing potential danger.

Authorities received the domestic violence report in Burnsville, Minnesota, a small town less than 20 miles away from Minneapolis. The details surrounding the call remained scarce, but the dispatcher informed officers about an ongoing shooting stemming from a domestic altercation. A resident from the area, Jason Skog, described the events preceding the shooting, stating that he heard an unidentifiable firecracker-like sound followed by an intense volley of gunfire. Skog said that during the events, police ordered the neighborhood’s occupants to seek shelter and avoid the ongoing shooting.

The shootout resulted in four deaths, including the suspect, two responding officers, and a paramedic who attempted to render aid during the altercation. The shootout prompted various first responders to arrive on the scene, including members of the fire department, multiple ambulances, and members of Burnsville’s police department’s Special Weapons and Tactics unit. One of the shooters reportedly shot a SWAT vehicle numerous times, leaving the car with heavy damage.

The shooting prompted multiple state officials to discuss the domestic violence incident and release statements about the officers who died during the ensuing gunfight. Senator Amy Klobuchar wrote on X, formerly Twitter, about the shooting and expressed her condolences for the officers’ families. Klobuchar also thanked the officers involved in the shootout, whom she commended for their bravery in confronting the gunman. While the details surrounding the shooting remain scarce, authorities have confirmed the gunman’s identity.

According to police, the man responsible for the shooting is 38-year-old Shannon Cortez Gooden. Gooden reportedly had a prior felony conviction for assault, preventing him from legally owning a firearm. Despite the restriction on Gooden’s firearm possession rights, the convicted felon owned multiple guns authorities discovered at the scene of the shooting. Gooden died during the incident, and an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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