Two People Charged With Shooting of Minneapolis Police Officer
Minneapolis, MN (KROC-AM News) - Charges have been filed against two of the people who were arrested last Friday night as suspects in a shooting that wounded a Minneapolis police officer.
19-year-old Frederick Davis is charged with second-degree attempted murder while 20-year-old Nevaeh Page is accused of aiding an offender-accomplice after the fact. The Minneapolis man and Brooklyn Park woman are scheduled to be formally arraigned on the charges tomorrow. Preliminary bail for Page has been set at $100,000, while Davis is being held on $1 million bail.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County Court, Davis has been identified as the alleged gunman who opened fire on an unmarked police car shortly after 9 PM on Friday. The court document says the officer in the police vehicle was following a vehicle that had been reported stolen and was associated with an earlier robbery. It had also been involved in previous chases with police in Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park.
The charges say the officer did not attempt to stop the vehicle and was tracking it when he crested the hill and spotted the vehicle parked along the curb of the road. The officer reported that's when he heard gunshots and saw muzzle flashes before he felt his arm go numb and realized he had been shot. The officer then sped away and called for help.
While he was being transported to the hospital for treatment, responding officers located the vehicle and pursued it for about eight minutes before the driver crashed and two of the four occupants fled on foot. They were later identified as Davis and Page after they were tracked down by a K9 and apprehended in a nearby yard. Minneapolis police reported that an adult male and a juvenile male were taken into custody at the site of the crash.
The criminal complaint alleges Davis was driving the vehicle and Page was in the front passenger seat. The court document says a search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a so-called "ghost gun" on the floor in front of the back seat and a 9 mm pistol that had been converted into a fully automatic machine gun was found on the floorboard where Davis had been sitting.
The court record also states that a preliminary review suggests the fully automatic handgun had fired 12 shots and the Ghost gun had fired three bullets.
The officer wounded in the incident was discharged several hours after he was taken to the hospital and, at the last report, was recovering at home.