2 police officers injured by fleeing driver in north Minneapolis

The incident started at around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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Two Minneapolis police officers were taken to the hospital Tuesday night while trying to stop a pair of stolen vehicles. 

According to police spokesperson John Elder, the incident began around 7:30 p.m. when officers attempted to pull over a pair of stolen vehicles at Mill Ruins Park that matched the descriptions of vehicles connected to several felony-level crimes. 

As officers attempted to stop both vehicles, both drivers fled. 

"One vehicle sideswiped an officer temporarily pinning him against his squad. The other vehicle made contact with the door of the squad car knocking it into the officer, causing him to go to the ground," a release from MPD said. 

The officers who were hit were seen at an area hospital and released with non-critical injuries. 

Meanwhile, a State Patrol helicopter provided air surveillance and tracked one of the vehicles being pursued. It tracked the suspect vehicle to the area of 18th and N Newton avenues when the driver parked the car and the occupants in the vehicle got into another stolen vehicle and drove away. 

The chopper continued to track their movement to an address on the 2000 block of N Queen Ave., at which point the occupants fled, some of them going into a home. 

Police set up a perimeter around the home and a standoff ensued until approximately 1 a.m. when officers obtained a search warrant and were able to gain access to the residence and arrest three men and three women. 

In a prior release, Elder said a suspect driver may have been involved in a carjacking earlier Tuesday. Police did not have an update on the second stolen vehicle that officers attempted to stop at Mill Ruins Park. 

Note: Details provided in this story are based on the police's latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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