Shooting on Blaisdell Avenue Leaves 3 Dead, Including Minneapolis Police Officer

Minneapolis, Minnesota – A tragic shooting incident on the 2200 block of Blaisdell Avenue in Minneapolis left three people dead, including Minneapolis police officer Jamal Mitchell. According to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office, Mitchell succumbed to “multiple gunshot wounds” in what was categorized as a “homicide.” Another victim, identified as 32-year-old Osman Said Jimale, also died from “multiple gunshot wounds” in a similar manner.

The shooting occurred when Minneapolis Police officers responded to reports of gunfire in an apartment building in the Whittier neighborhood. The situation quickly escalated, leading to the tragic deaths of Mitchell and Jimale. The suspected shooter, whose identity remains undisclosed, also died during the incident.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) described the officers’ response as an “ambush,” noting that Officer Mitchell was fatally shot while attempting to provide medical aid to injured individuals near the scene. The BCA confirmed that four others were injured during the incident, including one officer, one firefighter, and a bystander in a vehicle. While the firefighter has been treated and released, the others remained hospitalized.

In a press conference following the shooting, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey hailed Officer Mitchell as a hero, emphasizing his dedication to protecting and serving the community. Mitchell, 36, had previously received recognition for his bravery in rescuing an elderly couple from a burning home.

Governor Tim Walz expressed his condolences and highlighted the challenges faced by first responders in ensuring public safety. U.S. Senators Tina Smith and Amy Klobuchar also offered their prayers for the victims and their families, denouncing the tragic loss of life.

Law enforcement agencies across Minnesota mourned the loss of Officer Mitchell and extended their support to the Minneapolis Police Department. Mayor Melvin Carter of St. Paul pledged assistance to MPD and expressed solidarity with the community during this difficult time. The Minnesota Sheriff’s Association echoed similar sentiments, calling for an end to such senseless violence.

As the investigation into the shooting continues, the community grapples with the devastating impact of the incident. The outpouring of support and condolences from officials and law enforcement agencies underscores the unity and resilience of the Minnesota community in the face of tragedy.