Police: Grumpy's bouncer shot knife-wielding attacker

Minneapolis police say they believe the city's 28th homicide was committed in self-defense.

Police say a bouncer with a permit to carry a concealed handgun shot and killed a man after the man attacked the bouncer with a knife outside Grumpy's bar early Sunday morning.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has identified the dead man as Tirso Gomez.

Sgt. William Palmer said the bouncer suffered cuts in the scuffle before he pulled his gun and shot Gomez, Palmer said.

It's now up to the Hennepin County Attorney's office to decide whether or not to charge the bouncer with a crime.

Palmer said the bouncer remains a suspect but was not arrested.

"The bouncer did make attempts to disarm the suspect -- or in this case, the deceased -- and he was unable to do that," Palmer said.

Gomez continued to attack the bouncer with the knife, so the bouncer took out his gun and shot him, Palmer said.

Palmer says police won't identify the bouncer until the investigation is closed. The Hennepin County Attorney's office has not yet made a decision about possible charges.

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