Shots rang out during a city council meeting Monday in New Hope, Minn., sending some local politicians diving for cover and prompting another to pull out his handgun.
Two police officers were wounded when a man suddenly opened fire immediately after the swearing in of cops in the council chambers. The man, whose name has not been released, was shot and killed by police, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
The gunfire erupted just outside the chambers at 7:15 p.m. and brought the meeting to an immediate halt.
That’s when John Elder, a New Hope council member who also works as public information officer of the Minneapolis Police Department, shouted at his fellow council members: “Everybody get down!”
“That went right through the door,” another council member said. “Somebody got shot.”
Elder, now crouched behind his council seat, pulled his pistol and took aim.
The chaotic scene was caught on cable-access video and posted to YouTube.
Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Mike Carlson said the two officers are in good condition and are expected to survive.
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