PRINCETON, MN – A shooting incident near Princeton, a city in east-central Minnesota, resulted in five law enforcement officers being wounded on Thursday morning, according to local authorities. The suspect involved in the shooting was still at large, with the situation remaining unresolved several hours after the incident.
Three of the injured officers were transported to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, a suburb of Minneapolis, while the remaining two were taken to a medical facility in St. Cloud, as reported by Robbinsdale Police Capt. John Elder. Elder, who was aiding the hospital, stated that the injuries sustained by the officers did not seem to be life-threatening. He also mentioned that the wounded officers were from various law enforcement agencies, but did not specify which ones.
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office, which released an initial statement about the incident, did not provide many details. The statement mentioned that the department was receiving assistance from several other public safety agencies in handling a “critical incident” in Glendorado Township, located a few miles west of Princeton. The department assured that there was no immediate threat to the public, but advised people to steer clear of the area.
Local news outlets broadcasted footage from the scene, showing a large number of law enforcement vehicles and officers in tactical gear. The videos also showed law enforcement personnel converging on a rural area with houses nestled among trees and surrounded by farmland. An armored vehicle was also seen patrolling the perimeter of a field. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension confirmed its involvement in the response to the incident.
The location of the incident is approximately 50 miles northwest of Minneapolis.