On this day in 2007...


Hennepin County Commissioner Chair Mike Opat fights off two robbers outside his Robbinsdale home.

Opat, who has served on the Board of Commissioners since 1993, was approached by two men at roughly 10 p.m., reports say, and after acknowledging the two passers-by and getting into his car, one of the men struck Opat with the butt-end of a shotgun.

Opat was thrown out of his car and struck to the ground. Amidst being punched and kicked, Opat managed to grab the shotgun and escape.

He sustained minor bumps and bruises and a laceration on his forehead, and the police later recovered his Jeep but were unable to find the suspects.

Police Chief Wayne Shellum would say "he was probably just at the wrong place at the wrong time."

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