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Golden Valley Officer Shot And Killed A Woman Who Had A Gun

Statement from the city of Golden Valley says the officer was not injured.

A Golden Valley police officer shot and killed a woman on I-394 near the St. Louis Park-Minnetonka border Thursday afternoon.

The officer tried to stop a woman in a vehicle on I-394 near Highway 169, according to a statement from Stacy Carlson, Golden Valley police chief. The driver pulled the car to the side of 394 near the Hopkins Crossroads.

"The lone occupant of the vehicle, an adult female, was in possession of a handgun and was subsequently fatally shot by the officer," Carlson's statement said. "The officer did not sustain any injuries."

Additional information about what transpired between the officer and the woman during the traffic stop was not available.

Westbound I-394 between Highway 169 and Hopkins Crossroad was completely shut off, while eastbound traffic was narrowed down to one lane in the area. The Minnesota Department of Transportation's website states that the road will remain closed until approximately 5:45 p.m. due to "police activity." MnDOT traffic cameras in the area have been turned off.

St. Louis Park resident Sidney Myers, who was driving on a frontage road in the area, said he heard three, quick gunshots from his car.

"Just 'bang, bang, bang' in a row," he said. "(But) I didn't see anything."

After the incident, there was lots of honking as cars backed up on the I-394. A group of 20 or so people watched from a fence. A news chopper flew overhead, and media gathered at another portion of the fence overlooking the scene

People driving on the frontage roads asked people standing around what had happened, as there was nothing much to see while officers continued their investigation.

Patch will have further details as they become available.

quem September 23, 2011 at 09:13 PM
KEEPING THE COMMUNITY SAFE? The community was in jeopardy of being gunned down? With our gun laws she was entitled to carry a gun. She never fired the gun. The trigger happy cop gunned her down in cold bloody murder. I am ashamed to live in Hopkins. Whoever you are, keep in mind , this could have been you or your loved one. INSANITY!
Billie Gosling September 23, 2011 at 11:48 PM
Could you share the information you have that the media and the general public does not about this event? There is absolutely no indication that she never fired the gun. In fact, to judge from pictures of the scene, there were quite a few rounds fired. Those could be from the police officer's gun, but they could just as easily be from the woman's gun. Jumping to conclusions like this is inflammatory and dangerous. Also, why would you be ashamed to live in Hopkins when it was a Golden Valley police officer?
Laurie Aaland September 24, 2011 at 04:06 PM
It is stated in the article that the woman (victim) did NOT fire her gun.
Kevira Voegele September 24, 2011 at 04:49 PM
Hi, Laurie and Billie. We don't know if the woman fired her gun. The police department statement said she "was in possession of a gun" and the medical examiner's office said she died of multiple gunshot wounds. But the police chief has declined to provide more details about what transpired after the police officer stopped the vehicle. The chief has not explicitly said the woman did fired her gun, or didn't fire her gun. Here is our most recent story: http://patch.com/A-mtDy
Steve Thornton September 25, 2011 at 12:37 PM
Mr/Mrs Quem, I'm not sure how to respond to your post. Obviously you have something against public safety, as this officer was "trigger happy." Maybe you could explain what a trigger happy cop is. I guess I don't know. I think that police officers these days are held to some pretty high standards and a "trigger happy" cop would not last long. I think if there were trigger happy cops romaing the streets we might hear about it. I would also like to address your comment about her not firing her gun. If you would like to talk about insanity, insanity would be for our police officers to wait to be fired upon before returning fire. That would be insanity. I would like to see you in a situation where you have a split second to make a decision about someone that has a firearm. This officer will also live the rest of his life knowing that he took a life. If you are ashamed to live in Hopkins please move! I think I speak for most people when I say that police officers here in the cities do an excellent job. So please move...I would better if someone like you did not live in our community.

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