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2 officers, 1 first responder killed at scene of domestic house call

Authorities had been responding to a domestic abuse call coming from a residence in Burnsville, Minnesota.
2 officers, 1 first responder killed at scene of domestic house call
Posted at 1:43 PM, Feb 18, 2024

Two police officers and one first responder were shot and killed at the scene of a domestic house call in Minnesota.

The incident happened at a residence in Burnsville, Minnesota, as officers were responding to a domestic abuse call on Sunday.

Officials say that officers exchanged gunfire with a suspect barricaded inside a home where seven children were present, but the kids were able to make it out safely. They say the suspect, who is now dead, had multiple guns and large amounts of ammunition in the house.

The incident is now under investigation, and the local authorities have called the FBI to help.

A heavy presence of police cars, SWAT vehicles, ambulances, officers and firefighters surrounded the area, keeping cars and press away from the scene. A SWAT vehicle on the street had several bullet holes in its windshield, though it is unclear if that is where the police were killed.

The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association confirmed the deaths of the two officers and first responder on the scene.

Paul Elmstrand and Matthew Ruge, both 27, along with Adam Finseth, 40, a firefighter and paramedic, were killed. Another officer, Sgt. Adam Medlicott, was injured but is expected to recover.

"We are heartbroken. Our law enforcement community is heartbroken. We're just devastated at the horrific loss. These heroes leave behind loved ones and a community who will forever remember their bravery and dedication to keeping Minnesotans safe," MPPOA said in a post on Facebook.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz also addressed the incident.

"We must never take for granted the bravery and sacrifices our police officers and first responders make every day," Walz said in a post on X. "My heart is with their families today and the entire State of Minnesota stands with Burnsville."

Police have not yet released details on what led to the domestic abuse call.

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