Minnesota Police Officers, Paramedic Killed Responding to Home Domestic Incident

Two police officers and a paramedic who were shot and killed in Minnesota on Sunday morning have been identified by city officials. 

Officials in Burnsville, Minnesota said a gunman killed police officers Paul Elmstrand and Matthew Ruge and firefighter-paramedic Adam Finseth.

The officers responded to a domestic incident where an armed man was reportedly barricaded inside a home with family members just before 2:00 a.m.

The city reported that when authorities arrived, “the situation escalated into gunfire.”

“We must never take for granted the bravery and sacrifices our police officers and first responders make every day. My heart is with their families today and the entire State of Minnesota stands with Burnsville,” Minnesota Governor Tim Walz posted on X.

The gunman was reported dead around 8 a.m., and the family members in the home made it out safely a short time later.

“These heroes leave behind loved ones and a community who will forever remember their bravery and dedication to keeping Minnesotans safe,” the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association said.