No one injured after Saint Paul police shot at, return fire

(MONDAY, SEPT. 28, 2020) Saint Paul police are searching for the suspect who shot at officers during an investigation into suspicious activity on the city’s East Side. Officers were dispatched to a man digging in the trunk of a vehicle on the 900 block of Algonquin Avenue just before 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28.

That’s where they found a male who fit the description provided by the 911 caller.

While officers were investigating, they were unable to positively identify the suspect, so they attempted to detain him. He resisted and a scuffle ensued, during which all three people fell to the ground. At some point, the suspect was able to break free, run, pull a gun and shoot at the officers. At least one officer returned fire.

Officers pursued the suspect, who was able to elude them. Other officers also responded to the area and began searching for the suspect.

A short time later, a carjacking involving a male with a gun was reported near the intersection of Stillwater Avenue East and Hazel Street North. Investigators are working to determine if the same suspect was involved in both the shooting and the carjacking.

Preliminary information indicates that nobody was seriously injured during these incidents, although one of the police officers did suffer a dislocated finger during the scuffle with the suspect and was treated at Regions Hospital.

Members of the Saint Paul Police Department continue to investigate the carjacking and locate the suspect in that case.

Per police department policy, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the shooting and will release any updates about the case. Both officers have been placed on standard administrative leave.