A 28-year-old Minneapolis man is facing weapons and other charges after he was discovered in possession of a gun in an interrogation room at the Minneapolis Police Department's First Precinct.
In their criminal complaint filed in the Hennepin County District Court, prosecutors outlined how the precinct's community response team attempted to make contact with the defendant on April 10. They wanted to question him after allegedly catching him selling drugs at the intersection of South Hennepin Avenue and North 5th Street. The filing outlines how he took off running toward his North Linden Avenue home as they got closer to him though.
He ultimately crossed the various lanes of Hwy. 394 before being taken into police custody on both fleeing police and obstructing the legal process charges.
Once in their custody, the investigators transported the man to the downtown police precinct and placed him in a second-floor interrogation room. Police then monitored him on a surveillance camera. It's then that they witnessed him shaking one of his legs.
Officers later recovered a silver revolver loaded with five .32-caliber rounds that he'd shaken loose. He was arrested and charged with carrying a gun in a public place without a permit.
In 2017, another suspect was successful in bringing a knife into the interrogation room with him. Soon after that incident, the department started requiring all suspects to be put through a metal detector before being taken back into interview rooms.
A Minnesota Police Department spokesperson notes that clearly that protocol was either not followed or was unsuccessful at picking up on this gun. They plan to review their procedures and retrain staff to ensure that such an incident doesn't occur again.
As for the defendant, in this case, a Hennepin County District Court judge released him on bail on April 12. He's next due in court for a hearing on May 22.
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