Police investigating burglary suspect shooting, fatal motorcycle crash

Circumstances around two deaths in separate police incidents Friday afternoon under investgation

THE WEDGE — Minneapolis Police report they are still piecing together everything that happened Friday afternoon when burglary suspect was killed and two officers injured in a confrontation in the basement of a Wedge neighborhood home.

Terrance Franklin, 22, died at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s report. Franklin was killed during what police described in a press release as “an intense physical alteration” in the basement of 2717 Bryant Ave. S., where Franklin was located after a pursuit.

Later that same afternoon a motorcycle collided with a police squad car en route to the 2700 block of Bryant Avenue South. The collision occurred nine blocks away at the intersection of 26th & Blaisdell, killing the motorcycle driver, who was thrown from his vehicle. His passenger, a woman, was injured.

That woman remains hospitalized at Hennepin County Medical Center, according to media reports. Minneapolis Police officers and SWAT team members Michael Meath and Ricardo Muro were also brought to HCMC for treatment of gunshot wounds sustained during their confrontation in the basement with Franklin.

All three were reported in satisfactory condition on Saturday. By Monday, Meath had been discharged while the others remained in the hospital.

The string of incidents that ended in the deaths of Franklin and the motorcycle driver began around 2 p.m. Friday afternoon when police were called to 2743 Lyndale Ave. S. A resident at that address reportedly recognized Franklin as the man who had burglarized the residence a week earlier.

When police arrived, Franklin fled in a vehicle, colliding with one squad car and nearly hitting a police officer on foot, according to police. Franklin crashed his vehicle and fled the scene on foot.

After setting up a perimeter and beginning a search of neighborhood homes, police received a call of a break-in at 2717 Bryant Ave. S. An officer entered the residence with a K-9 police dog. Franklin was located and reportedly attacked the K-9 and its handler, and additional police were called in to the home’s basement.

Police say Franklin “tried to gain control” of an officer’s MP5 submachine gun. Shots were fired, killing Franklin and injuring the officers, but just who fired and how many times is still not clear.

The investigation of the motorcycle accident was also ongoing Monday. Police report the squad car “was traveling well below the posted speed limit” at the time of impact, and that the motorcycle struck the squad on the rear passenger side.

UPDATE: A Hennepin County Medical Examiner report released Tuesday identified the deceased motorcyclist as 24-year-old Ivan Romero Olivares. Olivares lived on the 2500 block of Harriet Avenue South, just four blocks from the scene of the accident, according to the report.

The report listed the cause of death as multiple blunt force injuries sustained in an accident.