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Richfield Shooting Chase Ends In SW Minneapolis

Police still searching for victim.

A possible shootout at the in Richfield ended in a traffic stop next to Southwest Minneapolis' Kingfield neighborhood on Monday afternoon.

Shortly before 1 p.m., someone called the Richfield Police saying she had just seen two men chase a third across the apartment complex's parking lot on the 900 block of East 77th Street. Shortly after they disappeared from her view, the witness heard "four or five" gunshots, according to Richfield's Deputy Police Chief Jay Henthorne. 

Then, according to Henthorne, the witness told 911 dispatchers, the two men she's originally seen pursuing the first man reappeared and jumped into a small, red car, and sped off. 

Bloomington and Richfield police officers worked together to locate the car traveling northbound on Interstate 35W, according to spokespeople from each agency. Officers stopped the car at the 46th Street exit and arrested five people.

Henthorne said all five are in custody and are being interviewed as "persons of interest" in the case. Six casings were uncovered at the scene of the alleged shooting, Henthorne added, but the department currently has not located the victim, if any. 

Caitlin Burgess September 11, 2012 at 03:26 PM
While I won't disagree that Richfield has changed over the years, I still think it is a pretty safe community. I grew up here, too. While there is crime, there's crime in every community. And, yes, some more than others. And if you really read the police reports, many times there are nonresidents committing crimes and usually in highly trafficked areas such as retail centers. I'm not an expert, but I would think that is fairly common for any town. And, well, all people commit crimes, not just "low-income people." I think its time for me to dig into the crime reports a bit more and do some comparisons. I'll let you know what I find!
Police Clips September 11, 2012 at 04:41 PM
One small "correction" It was a sharp eyed Bloomington Detective who happened to be listening to Richfield dispatch and saw the vehicle entering 494 from 12th. Even after the Suspects most likely "Made him" (Remind you he was outnumbered and most likely out-gunned) He continued to follow as the suspects took evasive actions(Changing roads/directions). It was him who ensured these criminals were caught as he followed for miles before backup(First BPD, then RPD, then MPD) arrived.
James Sanna September 11, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Thanks for the additional details! You know those PIO's...they never tell us any of the dramatic bits :-)
Fabuladico September 11, 2012 at 08:48 PM
When I was growing up in that area (one side of 494 or the other), I was low income. Being low income is no excuse for being a lowlife. I was always taught that being low income didn't mean being low class. I didn't rob and kill and operate a drug lab. I worked. I worked from the time I was in grade school, because I learned if you want the better things in life you work for it.
Jesse Lykken September 13, 2012 at 09:08 PM
So, where do you guys think the "low rent crowd" should live? In a ditch by the side of the road? Is "low rent" code for "not-white" or "not American"? Are low-rent folks the ONLY folks to commit crimes in Mpls and Richfield? Are their crimes, even all heaped together, even close to the damage-done-to-society by the crimes committed by even ONE of the great banking institutions? What hurts the average citizen of Richfield/Minneapolis more, the low-rent crowd or Lehman Brothers? If you are too afraid of your neighbors in Richfield/Minneapolis, please feel free to move to Blaine. Or Ely.

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