Tragedy Strikes: Minneapolis Officer Jamal Mitchell Ambushed, Fatally, Amid Double Shooting Response

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Minneapolis Police Department mourns the death of an “ambush” victim, a brave hero police officer. Officials say the officer was killed while responding to a scene of double shooting.

According to Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension superintendent Drew Evans, Officer Jamal Mitchell was shot Thursday as he approached an apartment complex after spotting people who were injured and in dire need of medical attention.

Evans stated that “he was ambushed as he attempted to provide medical aid.” “Officer Mitchell tried to help the person who shot him.” It was very quick and that he ambushed the officer.

Evans stated that a second police officer arrived soon after Mitchell had been shot. The two exchanged gunfire before the suspect was declared dead on the scene.

Katie Blackwell, assistant police chief in Minneapolis, told reporters on Thursday that Mitchell had died despite attempts to save him. She said that the second officer who was involved in the shootout suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Evans said that during the chaos, two more people were also shot – a bystander in critical condition and a firefighter.

Investigators found two people with gunshot wounds and a dead person in the apartment where the initial call to action was made, located about two blocks from the location of the attack on Mitchell.

Jacob Frey, the Minneapolis mayor, described Mitchell as a brave hero who would “run towards danger” when others would “run in the opposite direction.”

Frey announced on Thursday that “the city of Minneapolis has lost a hero with police officer Jamal Mitchell.” “This officer made the ultimate sacrifice in order to save and protect the lives of others.” “His life, service and name will be forever remembered in Minneapolis.”

The police announced in February of last year that Mitchell had just been sworn into office when he and another officer responded to an apartment fire. “They ran inside the building, rescued a couple who were elderly before their house was completely consumed by flames,” they said.

“Cops aren’t trained to run towards burning buildings. “The officers put their lives at risk and saved two residents like they were family members,” Minneapolis Police Chief Brian O’Hara stated at the time. Mitchell was on his third day at work, and both officers did exemplary job. They were both heroic in their quick action today, which prevented the fire from becoming even more tragic.

In a press release on X, Minnesota Governor. Tim Walz expressed his gratitude to first responders who kept the community safe.

Walz stated that the State Patrol was on scene in South Minneapolis to assist local law enforcement. The State of Minnesota is ready to provide all resources needed. “Praying for all first responders working on the ground to keep the community secure.”