St. Paul Police say an officer was injured in shooting at Cretin and Marshall

Police tape and squad cars on a street
St. Paul police block off a section of Cretin Avenue after an officer and suspect were reported shot earlier in the day on Thursday.
Ben Hovland | MPR News

Updated: 8:51 p.m.

A shooting in the Merriam Park neighborhood in St. Paul Thursday afternoon injured an officer and another person, who police allege was violating a protection order. At a press conference Thursday night, Sgt. Mike Ernster said a woman reported the man was following her in his vehicle.

“She went on to say that the man was intentionally driving his vehicle into hers, damaging it. She also stated that he was in possession of a handgun, and also had broken out a window on her vehicle,” Ernster said.

The responding officer confronted the man, who allegedly shot at the officer and hit him in the leg. The officer returned fire and critically injured the man, who police said is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The officer was treated at Regions Hospital and released. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the shooting.

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