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

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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,, 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."

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