Warrants: MPD snipers on close by rooftop shot at Andrew Tekle Sundberg


Search warrants filed within the deadly police capturing of 20-year-old Andrew Tekle Sundberg sheds new mild on the circumstances surrounding the hours-long standoff main as much as his dying.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has additionally realized that attorneys Ben Crump and Jeffrey Storms shall be representing the household of Sundberg. 

Andrew Tekle Sundberg (Household photograph)

Minneapolis police responded to the report of photographs fired Wednesday night at round 9:30 p.m. In accordance with a search warrant, Minneapolis SWAT Staff members had “two snipers arrange statement from the roof of [the] condominium constructing” throughout the road from Sundberg’s condominium constructing. 

A warrant signifies less-lethal rounds have been used by the night, and “officers used a PA system in [an] try to make contact with the topic.”

Investigators with the Minnesota Bureau of Prison Apprehension filed the warrants. They have been filed for Sundberg’s condominium in addition to one other unit in the identical constructing.

“In some unspecified time in the future throughout the standoff, the 2 snipers shot the male topic,” in accordance with one search warrant. The topic was later recognized as Sundberg, and the 2 officers who discharged their rifles have been recognized Thursday night as Aaron Pearson and Zachary Seraphine.

It wasn’t instantly clear if each officers’ photographs struck Sundberg.

BCA information present each Pearson and Seraphine have been on the Bolero Flats condominium constructing in downtown Minneapolis as a part of the SWAT crew on the day Amir Locke was killed again in February.

A warrant additionally notes BCA brokers noticed “a number of bullet cartridges, each dwell rounds and spent, are within the hallway outdoors of the topic’s condominium, quantity 318, along with a number of obvious bullet holes within the partitions, which appeared as if the topic was firing out from his condominium.”

“Present on scene investigation found an obvious bullet gap coming into condominium 308,” a neighboring condominium, in accordance with one warrant. 

A spokeswoman for Mayor Jacob Frey mentioned the town is not going to be releasing body-worn footage from the capturing on Friday.

The mayor had no touch upon the BCA search warrants “as that’s routine observe throughout ongoing BCA investigations.”

Assertion from Mark and Cindy Sundberg, Tekle’s Dad and mom: 

“At the beginning, we wish the world to know that Tekle was deeply cherished and that his household and buddies are past shocked and grieving from these horrific occasions. Tekle was a son, brother, grandson, uncle, nephew, and pal. He was good, loving, humorous, and type. He had many inventive abilities, together with images and portray. Tekle was a deep, soulful, crucial thinker who drew power and vitality from being outdoors and gazing throughout the river. He by no means missed sundown. From the time he mounted a stapler for his preschool instructor, we knew Tekle to be able to fixing something – furnishings, snowblowers, and his grandfather’s driving garden mower. He had the power and braveness to problem bullies and arise for essentially the most weak, but additionally had the innate sensitivity to be able to loving everybody and all the pieces from vegetation to his beloved cat, Cali.  

“Like hundreds of thousands in America and worldwide, Tekle struggled along with his psychological well being. Whereas we’ve got obtained little or no info so far, by all accounts, it appears like our Tekle was affected by a psychological well being disaster. We ship our deepest sympathies to anybody in his constructing impacted by his disaster, and we thank the neighborhood members who’ve come ahead in loving reminiscence of Tekle.”

Assertion from Attorneys Ben Crump and Jeff Storms:

“The household has been given little or no details about why Tekle’s psychological well being disaster turned a dying sentence. His household rejects the general public narrative that the Minneapolis Police Division’s efforts have been finished in shut collaboration along with his household. His mother and father have been extremely restricted when it comes to their potential to work together with Tekle and weren’t allowed to do all the pieces they may to avoid wasting their son’s life.  

“The narrative launched by the Metropolis of Minneapolis is unclear as to what particularly precipitated the capturing, stating, “After roughly 6 hours of tried negotiations, an officer-involved capturing occurred…” No info has been supplied as to why Tekle, who officers had remoted for hours, all of the sudden wanted to be executed. We name on the Minneapolis Police Division to instantly present the household with the video proof and different info essential to reply this query.”


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