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BRIEF: Minneapolis: Officer shoots knife-wielding suspect

This news story was published on April 2, 2012.
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Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. –

A Minneapolis police officer shot and wounded a suspect reportedly wielding a knife at a busy intersection Sunday morning, April 1.

Police were called about 9 a.m. to the intersection of Lyndale and Franklin avenues in South Minneapolis by a woman who said she was being accosted by a man, said Sgt. William Palmer, a Minneapolis police spokesman.

As an officer approached the pair, who had been arguing, the man produced a knife and threatened the officer, Palmer said. The suspect didn’t follow orders to drop the knife, and as the officer retreated across two lanes of traffic, the suspect allegedly continued his threats, Palmer said.

The suspect, Robert John Yellow Wolf, 43, was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center after the shooting, Palmer said.

A number of people witnessed the incident and were being interviewed by police, Palmer said.

The suspect’s condition was not released, but he was expected to survive, Palmer said.

The officer’s name was scheduled to be released Monday, but Palmer said he is a 24-year veteran of the department.

The officer was placed on standard three-day leave, Palmer said. The department’s homicide and internal affairs units are investigating the shooting per procedure, Palmer said.

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