Mpls police: Suspect tried to grab officer's gun

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Minneapolis police officers taped off a street near 27th Street and Bryant Ave. S. in south Minneapolis, May 10, 2013. When the homeowner arrived home he noticed the back door window had been smashed and alerted police who entered the home.
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Minneapolis police have released more details about a string of incidents that left two people dead and two cops injured in south Minneapolis Friday.

Minneapolis police cordoned off a few blocks to search for a suspected burglar. When they didn't find anything, officers let people in to the neighborhood, and one resident found his back door window smashed. He told an officer and police ran into his house.

Minneapolis police now say the suspect was fighting officers and a police dog when he tried to get control of an officer's firearm, and shots were fired. Police say they don't know who fired yet. Two injured officers, Michael Meath and Ricardo Muro, are in satisfactory condition at Hennepin County Medical Center.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has released an autopsy report of the suspect, identifying him as 22-year-old Terrance Franklin of Minneapolis. The report says he was shot multiple times.

An officer driving to the scene collided with a motorcycle, killing a man and injuring a woman. Minneapolis police now say initial reports from witnesses and video show the squad car was travelling with its lights and siren on below the speed limit as it approached an intersection.

Police say the motorcycle hit the rear passenger side of the squad car as it was going through the intersection. The female passenger is in satisfactory condition.

In a statement, Minneapolis Chief of Police Janee Harteau said the department is doing its best to be transparent and share information quickly.

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