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Tragedy Strikes Burnsville, MN as Two Police Officers and a Firefighter-Paramedic are Killed in Domestic Call Shooting

The city of Burnsville, Minnesota, is grappling with a profound tragedy as two police officers and a firefighter-paramedic lost their lives in a deadly shooting incident that unfolded during a response to a domestic call. The incident occurred early Sunday morning, sending shockwaves through the community and sparking an outpouring of condolences from officials and citizens alike.

The heartbreaking incident began when officers responded to a domestic situation at a residence on the 12600 block of 33rd Avenue South at around 1:50 a.m. According to reports, a man, reported to be armed, had barricaded himself inside the home with family members, including seven children ranging from 2 to 15 years old.

As the officers arrived at the scene, the situation quickly escalated, leading to an exchange of gunfire. Tragically, Officer Paul Elmstrand, Officer Matthew Ruge, and Firefighter-Paramedic Adam Finseth lost their lives during the response. Another police officer, Sgt. Adam Medlicott, sustained injuries but is expected to survive.

The suspect, who was reported to have multiple firearms and large amounts of ammunition, was eventually declared dead around 8 a.m. Authorities have not disclosed details regarding the circumstances of the suspect’s death.

The city of Burnsville is now in mourning as it grapples with the loss of these dedicated first responders. Burnsville Police Chief Tanya Schwartz expressed the profound impact of the tragedy, stating, “This is a hard day, a really hard day for our public safety family; we’re hurting. Today three members of our team made the ultimate sacrifice for this community, they are heroes.”

City Manager Gregg Lindberg opened a press conference by acknowledging the difficulty of the day, stating, “Words can’t express how hard today has been… Thank you for giving us the grace, the patience, and the understanding.” Burnsville Fire Chief BJ Jungmann added that it is the toughest day the city and its public safety families have ever experienced.

The fallen officers were identified as Paul Elmstrand, 27, who joined the Burnsville Police Department in 2017, and Matthew Ruge, 27, who joined the force in April 2020. Both officers were dedicated members of the community, involved in various roles within the police department.

Firefighter-Paramedic Adam Finseth, 40, who became a Burnsville firefighter and paramedic in February 2019, was also among the heroes who lost their lives. Reports indicate that Finseth was providing support to a responding SWAT team when he was fatally shot while aiding an injured officer.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is leading the investigation into the incident. BCA Superintendent Drew Evans provided preliminary details during a press conference, noting that the suspect had multiple firearms and shot at officers from various positions within the home. Investigators are still working to piece together the exact sequence of events.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz expressed his condolences and ordered flags to be flown at half-staff starting Monday at sunrise. In a statement, Governor Walz emphasized the bravery and sacrifices made by first responders, acknowledging the tragic loss for the state.

The Burnsville community has come together in solidarity, offering support and condolences to the families of the fallen officers and firefighter-paramedic. A community vigil is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Sunday to honor the lives lost and provide a space for collective mourning.

The Burnsville, MN shooting has left the community devastated, grappling with the loss of two police officers and a firefighter-paramedic who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. As the investigation continues, the city mourns its heroes, remembering their dedication to keeping the community safe. The impact of this tragic incident will undoubtedly be felt for a long time, as Burnsville comes together to support one another during this difficult time.