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Attempted murder charge for Crystal man who shot Brooklyn Park cop

Tyrice Laws was charged Monday with first-degree attempted murder, among other charges.

A Crystal man has been charged with attempted murder after shooting a Brooklyn Park police officer, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced Monday.

Tyrice Laws, 38, was charged with first-degree attempted murder of a police officer, first-degree assault of a police officer, violating an order for protection while possessing a firearm and and possession of a firearm while under an order for protection.

On Friday, the mother of Laws’ children saw his vehicle pull into her Brooklyn Park driveway while she was not home through surveillance video. Laws called and demanded to see the children, according to court documents.

Laws’ order for protection prohibits him from having any contact with the residence. The mother of Laws’ children then called 911.

Two Brooklyn Park police officers responded to the call. Both approached Laws’ vehicle and drew their weapons. Laws allegedly then got out of the car, reached into the vehicle and pulled out a handgun.

Laws shot at one of the officers five or six times from a distance of just 5-7 feet away. Both officers returned fire before one fell to the ground and Laws fled into the residence.

The wounded officer was taken to the hospital and treated for gunshot wounds to his hip and buttocks. Laws was arrested and treated at Hennepin County Medical Center for a gunshot wound on his bicep.

Body camera and squad video both remain under investigation. Laws will make his first court appearance on Wednesday. He is being held at Hennepin County Jail. 

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