Gunman Fatally Shoots Himself After Killing 2 Officers and Firefighter in Burnsville

Burnsville, MN – A tragic incident unfolded in Burnsville, Minnesota, as a local man took his own life after fatally shooting two police officers and a firefighter. The man, identified as Shannon Cortez Gooden, 38, ended his life with a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, as confirmed by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.

Gooden, who had been prohibited from owning a gun due to a 2007 felony assault conviction, attempted to have his gun rights reinstated in 2020 without success. The devastating event took place early Sunday morning, with seven children aged 2-15 present in the home at the time of the shooting.

Authorities responded to a domestic incident on the 12600 block of 33rd Avenue South, where an armed man, later identified as Gooden, was barricaded with family members. The situation quickly escalated into gunfire, resulting in the tragic deaths of Officers Elmstrand, Ruge, and Firefighter Finseth. Fortunately, Sergeant Adam Medlicott sustained injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

During a news conference, Fire Chief BJ Jungmann expressed the community’s deep sorrow over the heartbreaking events. The governor of Minnesota, Tim Walz, ordered all U.S. and Minnesota flags to fly at half-staff in honor of the fallen first responders. Governor Walz emphasized the importance of recognizing the bravery and sacrifices made by these individuals in the line of duty.

The city of Burnsville and its public safety community face profound grief as they mourn the loss of their colleagues. The tragic incident has left residents and officials grappling with the profound impact on the community. As investigations into the events continue, the city remains united in support of the families affected by this senseless act of violence.