Minneapolis police say they have "forensically tied" a stolen gun to Terrance Franklin, the 22-year-old burglary suspect fatally shot by officers in an Uptown basement last May.
Police on Wednesday said DNA evidence indicates Franklin had possessed the gun, which was stolen from a northeast Minneapolis home the day before Franklin was killed. It was found by a homeowner on Oct. 28, months after the shooting, at 524 W. 28th St., in a sock and wedged between the home’s foundation and back porch, the Star Tribune reports. The DNA was found on the sock, not the gun itself, police said at a news conference.
Police suspect Franklin stashed the gun on May 10 while officers were chasing him down the 500 block of West 28th Street, KARE 11 reports.
The gun was found in the same block where Franklin left a vehicle on the day officers chased him, and five blocks from the Uptown basement where he led pursuing officers and was killed, the Star Tribune reports.
However, the new information about the gun does not seem to shed new light on why officers shot Franklin, reporters noted.
Police have said Franklin shot two officers – but not with any gun Franklin had on him. Investigators have said that during a struggle in the basement, Franklin briefly got ahold of an officer's MP5 machine pistol and fired twice, striking two officers in the legs. They survived and were honored for their actions.
An autopsy showed Franklin was shot by officers 10 times.
Franklin's family has disputed the police account of what happened in the basement, and they have said they are considering a civil lawsuit against police. A family lawyer denouced the new information presented by police Wednesday, KSTP reported:
Here is the timeline laid out by Minneapolis Police on their Facebook page as it relates to the gun:
– May 9, 2013. Burglary at 427 Taylor Street NE. Homeowner reports a TV and handgun stolen.
– May 10, 2013. Terrance Franklin dumps a vehicle on the 500 block of West 28th Street in Minneapolis. Five blocks away, he takes a gun from an officer and severely wounds two officers in a struggle before he is shot and killed.
– Oct. 28, 2013. A homeowner at 524 28th Street West found a sock with a 9 mm gun inside of it wedged between his home’s foundation and back porch. The homeowner called police who recovered the sock and gun. The serial number on the gun matches the number of the gun stolen from 427 Taylor Street NE on May 9.
– Oct. 29, 2013. Minneapolis Police Department Crime Lab forensic scientists swab the handgun, magazine and live cartridges for possible DNA evidence and latent fingerprints.
– Oct. 30, 2013. Minneapolis Police sergeants take the DNA swabs, sock, and handgun to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for DNA analysis, a common practice.
– March 4, 2014. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension informs the Minneapolis Police Department that Terrance Franklin’s DNA profile was found on the sock.