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Minneapolis PD finishes probe into Terrance Franklin death

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The Minneapolis Police Department Friday said they've finished their investigation into the death of burglary suspect Terrance Franklin, who died in an officer-involved shooting in an Uptown neighborhood basement last month, the Star Tribune reports.

According to an email from a police spokesperson, the case has been sent to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office for initial review before it is sent to a grand jury for consideration.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said it's the position of this office "that every officer incident that results in the death of a civilian is taken to the grand jury."

Police say Franklin, 22, fled a traffic stop on the city’s south side May 10 and broke into a home near 27th and Bryant. When officers followed him into the home, a struggle ensued.

A source told the Star Tribune that Franklin was fatally shot during the confrontation after he allegedly reached for an officer’s MP5 machine pistol and squeezed the trigger, firing at least two shots that struck two officers in their legs. The officers survived the shooting.

According to the Star Tribune, Freeman said it could take months for his office to review the case to determine if there’s enough evidence to bring charges. The case will then go to the grand jury, which will either indict the officers involved in the case or determine that there's not enough probable cause to bring them up on criminal charges.

Family members of Franklin became frustrated and angry with police after the shooting, as Franklin's father claimed he was kept away from the crime scene and not allowed to see his son's body.

Demonstrators have also marched in protest of the police's actions in Franklin's death, and the family's attorney had level accusations of racial profiling against police after listening to audio of a video that taped outside of the house during the incident.

After Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau viewed the video and listening to amplified audio numerous times with along with Metro Transit Chief John Harrington, Harteau posted a statement on the department's Facebook page that said the accusations were "not only preposterous but without merit."

The incident also resulted in the death of a second civilian.

About 30 minutes after the shooting incident, a responding police SUV traveling on Blaisdell Avenue S. collided with a motorcycle, killing the driver, 24-year-old Ivan Romero Olivares. His girlfriend, Joselin Torrejon-Villamil, was seated behind him and survived.

Harteau said the officer properly used his lights and siren of his squad car as he went through a red light and entered the intersection at about 16-17 mph.

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