Police Officers Injured in ‘Critical Incident’
Five police officers have been shot during a ‘critical incident’ near Princeton, Minnesota, as a suspect armed with at least one gun opened fire on police.
Injured Officers Rushed to Hospitals
Three of the injured officers were rushed to North Memorial Health Hospital, while two were taken to the hospital in St. Cloud.
Thankfully, none of the officers’ injuries are believed to be life-threatening, according to officials.
Ongoing Armed Barricade
In response to the shooting, an armed barricade has been established, with law enforcement working diligently to bring the suspect into custody.
The public is advised to steer clear of the area on 190th Avenue Northeast, although authorities assert there is no immediate wider danger.
Details Awaited on Incident
While official sources have yet to release detailed information on the circumstances leading to the shooting, Benton County Sheriff Troy Heck has labeled it as ‘a critical incident.’
Heavily Patrolled Scene
A significant law enforcement presence is evident at Glendorado Township, a rural community situated 15 miles from Princeton.
The scene includes armed SWAT teams and multiple police cars.
Dramatic Audio Captured
Audio from police scanners captured a harrowing exchange of gunfire shortly before 7:15 am, followed by urgent calls of ‘shots fired’ and ‘officer down.’