Officer shot in White Bear Lake; 33-year-old man arrested

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Residents of Lakewood Hills apartment complex speak out after shooting


Residents of Lakewood Hills apartment complex speak out after shooting

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WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. — An officer was shot in the night and people in the surrounding neighborhood were evacuated from their homes.

Officers responded to the Lakewood Hills Apartments on Karth Road around 10 p.m. They say the suspect shot the officer three times in the middle. He was taken to hospital. The officer was not named, but was described as an “experienced officer of the White Bear Lake Police Department”.

The police finally managed to arrest the suspect, but only after several hours of trying to get him to leave the apartment. He was described as a 33-year-old man being held on suspicion of domestic violence, threats of violence and attempted murder. According to the records, he already has two previous convictions for domestic violence. He is currently being held at the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center.

This was at least the second time they arrested the same person in the same place for the same thing.

Criminal records show that the suspect had previous civil charges, most recently in May 2022, when a Ramsey County judge suspended a pending criminal case against the man. In the complaint related to a March 2021 incident, the suspect allegedly threatened to shoot his arresting officer and arrange for the officer’s children to be assaulted. The complaint states that the officer was concerned for his safety and that of others.


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Residents were evacuated and waited on nearby buses for at least several hours as police worked to secure the approximately four-acre site and make the arrest. They were released back into their homes just before 3 a.m

Police say there is no danger to the public.

The officer has been taken to hospital and they should recover. At the final check, TBEN found that the officer’s vital signs were stable, did not change much, and the injuries required surgery. Police said the officer underwent surgery at 1:45 a.m. The officer is expected to recover.

According to the Lakewood Hills Apartments website, the property is part of the Minnesota Crime Free Multi-Housing Program, where property owners and renters must go through several stages of training before joining. The program is designed to prevent crime and drug use on the ground.

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