Police shoot 'suspicious' person at MSP airport, officer also injured


Airport police shot and injured a man in a parking ramp at Terminal 1 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Saturday night, officials said in a news release.

MSP Airport police were investigation a report of "suspicious persons" at the rental car ramp on the second level around 9:30 p.m. when a vehicle intentionally drove at the officers, who were on foot, officials said.

Officers fired on the vehicle, hitting the 36-year-old male suspect who was driving.

He was taken to an area hospital and is expected to survive.

One officer was also transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries, the release notes. His injuries are not known.

At airport police's request, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting.

The shooting scene was off limits Sunday morning as the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, at the request of airport police, continues its investigation. It has reopened around 9 a.m. Sunday, the Pioneer Press reports.

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office said at a news conference Sunday afternoon the incident was tied to concern over numerous rental car thefts at the airport, the Star Tribune reports.

Officials called this an isolated incident and said the airport is safe.

This is believed to be the first time airport police have been involved in a shooting since May 1995, MSP Airport spokesman Patrick Hogan told the Star Tribune.

In that incident, David DeMatthew, then 28, used an assault-style rifle during a gun battle with police in several locations at the airport, including in baggage claim, The Associated Press reported at the time.

He was shot in the hip and shoulder.

DeMatthew pleaded guilty to charges and was sentenced to 10 years and three months in prison, the Star Tribune says.

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