Charges: Man drove stolen car straight at police before officer fired shots

A Minneapolis man is accused of driving his car directly at police.
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A Minneapolis man accused of driving a vehicle straight at police is facing charges. Friday night's incident resulted in an officer firing shots at the vehicle, though no one was injured.

According to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, police had been investigating shootings and a robbery in the East Phillips neighborhood around 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The charges filed Tuesday say police saw a car speed out of a parking lot then head the wrong direction down a road. So officers chased after the car – which turned into another parking lot and pulled into a space.

According to the complaint:

The officers stopped their squad at the entrance of the parking lot. The two officers stepped outside and stood on either side of the squad.

That's when the suspect – identified as Travis Sigurd Gudmundson, 26 years old – adjusted his vehicle to face the officers' squad "head on." The suspect's vehicle was only about six feet away from one of the officers.

Police drew their guns and began shouting at Gudmundson to put his car in park. That went on for about 35 seconds.

Then the suspect started driving forward, toward one of the officers. The officer fired four shots – the bullets hit the vehicle but not the Gudmundson.

The news release says Gudmundson's vehicle "barely missed" striking an officer., then he drove off again.

Police found the vehicle abandoned about five blocks away, and arrested Gudmundson after he fled on foot.

Police later learned the vehicle Gudmundson was driving was stolen – according to the complaint, it belonged to his ex-girlfriend. She told police the last time she saw Gudmundson was in January.

The suspect has been charged with first-degree assault. He's currently in custody and was expected to make his first court Tuesday.

Following the incident, Minneapolis police announced the officers involved were placed on leave. They have not been identified by the department.

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