New Minneapolis PD cold case team looks at shooting death of toddler


The Minneapolis Police Department is again asking for help figuring out who killed 3-year-old Terrell Mayes in 2011.

Mayes was at his home on the 2600 block of Colfax Avenue North on Dec. 26 four years ago when he heard gunshots, according to the Minneapolis Police cold case site.

He ran up the stairs to hide in the bath tub, but on his way was shot by what police call a "stray bullet" that went into the house.

In the immediate aftermath, police said they received a lot of tips. But they've tailed off, and investigators "spent time tracking down leads in the prisons that haven’t panned out."

Police are renewing their call for help from the public, saying in an email press release they "continues to urge anyone with information" to come forward.

A $60,000 reward is being offered by CrimeStoppers of Minnesota.

Authorities spoke about the case Monday morning, and also released an updated video about the investigation.


New cold case team

The Mayes killing is among the first wave of cold cases being taken up by a new team dedicated specifically to unsolved crimes.

It was announced at the same time the department launched its new website, insidempd.com, the Star Tribune reported back in September.

On the cold case site, it says police have always sought tips – but up until this year, they'd never had a dedicated squad that worked in cooperation with the Hennepin County Attorney's Office and FBI.

The Star Tribune said the team will be made up of 10 detectives from the Violent Crimes Investigation Division, with two homicide detectives at the lead. They'll meet monthly with the FBI and attorney's office.

The Minneapolis PD said in the Mayes update that there are currently two primary and two secondary investigators assigned to that case, with others supporting "as needed."

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-10-15 at 10.01.55 PM

Large police presence at Emagine Willow Creek movie theater in Plymouth

There are few details at this stage as to what has happened.

Maple Grove Police Department

Maple Grove-based businessman convicted of fatally shooting wife

Wiseman owns properties in both Minnesota, Nevada and China.

betty and earls biscuits facebook

Jason Matheson's biscuit shop to briefly close ahead of relaunch

Betty & Earl's will shut down for two weeks before reopening under a new name.

Simon Merino Go Fund Me

Worker dies in forklift accident at paper recycling business

The victim was described as a loving father of two who was devoted to his church.

rosie means - go fund me

Authorities ID woman killed by hit-and-run driver who ran red light

A fundraiser was created to support the family after the "sudden and senseless loss."

Prior Lake Football

Watch: Prior Lake stuns Rosemount with last-second hook and ladder

The Lakers dusted off an old favorite to get a victory on Thursday night.

unsplas - maple leaf frost fall lawn

MN gets its first frost advisories, freeze warnings of the season

The coldest spots could dip to below 30 degrees overnight.


Ahead of Big Ten clash, Huskers fans spend their Friday mocking PJ Fleck

Huskers fans are in a playful mood ahead of Saturday's game.

Jamal Smith

New 1st-degree murder charge for man accused in youth coach's killing

A grand jury indicted the suspect in connection with the shooting of Jay Boughton.

trick or treating halloween

COVID: Mayo Clinic's tips for staying safe while trick-or-treating

A layered approach, especially for those who aren't vaccinated, is recommended.


'My patience level is gone': Walz calls on lawmakers to help hospital strain

The governor said only legislators can enact some of the needed measures.


Reward increases for information in toddler shooting death

Minneapolis police are still looking for the person responsible for killing a three-year-old boy in December. According to KARE 11, the reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction is now up to $8,500. Terrell Mayes Jr. was hit by a stray bullet while inside his north Minneapolis home.

Arrest made in 1980 Minneapolis cold-case killing

Police have made an arrest in a 32-year-old homicide case, the Star Tribune reports. The arrest in Kansas last week stems from November 1980, when a 22-year-old woman was fatally stabbed in her basement apartment at 3242 Girard Ave. S., Sgt. Bill Palmer of the Minneapolis Police Department said.