In what would become the 3rd officer involved shooting in 19 months, MNPD officers responded to a call of shots fired at 2400 Buena Vista Pike, the Overlook Ridge Apartments just after 10:30 PM Friday night. During the incident, a MNPD officer was shot in the thigh and ankle. Two other officers returned fire, killing the suspect. Roads and part of the interstate were shut down to traffic along the route while an ambulance transported the injured officer to the hospital for treatment.
The TBI, who is investigating the incident per the Memorandum of Understanding in place between the DA, TBI, & MNPD, says that upon arriving, the officers observed a subject who “matched the description” of the suspect in the shots fired complaint, and that of a reported pistol-whipping incident earlier in the night. The officers then observed the subject running into an apartment, quickly regrouped, and approached the apartment’s door in an effort to make contact with the subject and check the welfare of those inside the unit. For reasons still under investigation, the situation escalated, and resulted in gunfire between at least three officers and the subject. One of the responding officers was struck in the leg and injured. The subject died on the scene.
It’s notable that Josh DeVine of the TBI used a lot of the same phrasing we’ve heard in another recent officer involved shooting, such as “for reasons still under investigation, the situation escalated”, and that he “matched the description” of someone in an earlier incident, without going as far as saying he was the actual suspect in the prior incident.
The identity of the man killed has not yet been released.
The two officers that returned gunfire are Zachary Ronan, who has been with the department 4 years, and John Petriello, who Metro claims has been with the department for “1 year” on their release, however they’re being very generous and counting his police academy time in that year, as per civil service records, he just graduated the academy and became a police officer in December of 2017, at which time he just begin his field training on the job.
The injured officer, who was shot in the thigh and ankle, is Samuel Galluzzi, 24. He will undergo surgery later today for his injuries.