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Friday, July 19, 2024

Firefighter and two police officers killed in Burnsville

As a symbol of respect and solidarity, Governor Walz declared that flags would fly at half-staff throughout Minnesota on Monday.

The tranquil streets of Burnsville, Minnesota were shattered by tragedy as news spread of the loss of two police officers and a firefighter on Sunday. What began as a routine response to a domestic incident quickly escalated into a devastating outcome, leaving the community reeling and mourning the brave souls who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

Governor’s Statement

In a somber announcement on social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter), Governor Tim Walz conveyed the heartbreaking news. His words echoed the shock and sorrow felt across the state: “Horrific news from Burnsville. While responding to a call of a family in danger, two police officers and one firefighter lost their lives, and other officers were injured.” Governor Walz emphasized the valor and dedication exhibited by law enforcement and first responders, urging us never to take their bravery for granted.

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State of Mourning

As a symbol of respect and solidarity, Governor Walz declared that flags would fly at half-staff throughout Minnesota on Monday. Additionally, the state Department of Public Safety initiated an investigation in collaboration with local law enforcement agencies. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives swiftly responded to the scene, highlighting the gravity of the situation.

Active Scene

Burnsville Communications and Community Engagement Director Carissa Larsen confirmed the ongoing nature of the incident, emphasizing the urgency and complexity of the situation. The entire community, including neighboring Minneapolis, rallied in support of the Burnsville Police Department during this trying time.

Domestic Incident

Initial reports pointed to a domestic-related shooting, shedding light on the dangerous nature of the call to which the officers and first responders bravely responded. Jim Mortenson, executive director of the Law Enforcement Labor Services union, expressed condolences on behalf of the organization, recognizing the inherent risks faced by those in the line of duty.

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Minneapolis Police Chief Brian O’Hara urged solidarity and prayers for the Burnsville Police Department, echoing the sentiments of a nation in mourning. Senator Amy Klobuchar, alongside her husband, extended heartfelt prayers to the fallen officers and their families. In a poignant statement, she honored their dedication to protecting the community, emphasizing the profound loss felt by all.