Two officers were shot injured during the incident. In addition, a motorcyclist was struck and killed by a squad car while police were chasing Franklin.
According to a Minneapolis Police Department press release, Chief Janee Harteau said: "I fully support the actions of my officers and agree with the decision of the grand jury."
In a press conference following the verdict last week, Harteau said:
“Terrance Franklin’s actions dictated the outcome on May 10th. This was a tragic day for the city of Minneapolis, every officer involved and their families. I am forever grateful that the officers survived and their wounds were not fatal. But make no mistake, those wounds both physical and emotional run deep for every officer who responded.
"I do want to extend my sympathies to Walter & Sheila Franklin. No parent should ever have to bury a child."This could have had a different outcome. Terrance Franklin had numerous opportunities to surrender, but it was clear by his actions, that from the beginning he had made the decision not to get caught at any cost. Terrance struck a squad; fled the scene; placed his own 9-11 call to divert officers from his location; kicked in a door and burglarized a home; fought officers & a K9 dog; and finally shot and wounded two Minneapolis police officers. Mr. Franklin’s actions dictated the outcome that day.
"Minneapolis police officers like all officers, go to work each day, not knowing what dangers their shift might bring them. Our first responders put on their uniform every day never knowing if they will come home to their families, but they do it anyway with pride and integrity.
"Our officers have taken an oath to protect and serve the public and it is their job to answer your calls for help and this is exactly what they did on May 10th. These officers deserve our support and our gratitude."
According to the Star Tribune, Franklin was shot eight times by two officers:
"He charged at an officer who was armed with an MP5 machine gun, knocking that officer to the floor. None of the officers was carrying Tasers.
"Franklin fired twice, hitting two officers in the legs. Both officers survived but have not yet fully recovered from their injuries."
Franklin's family will likely file a wrongful-death suit. Another Star Tribune article says Franklin's parents, Walter Franklin and Sheila O'Neal, contend that a video caught by a bystander has their son pleading for his life.