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Police Officer Paul Elmstrand

Police Officer Paul Elmstrand and Police Officer Matthew Ruge were shot and killed after responding to a domestic incident in the 12600 block of 33rd Avenue at about 2:00 am.

A man had taken several family members hostage and barricaded himself inside of the home.

As officers and rescue personnel arrived at the scene the man opened fire on them, fatally wounding Officer Elmstrand, Officer Ruge, and Burnsville Firefighter/Paramedic Adam Finseth. A Burnsville Police Department sergeant was also wounded.

The man was found deceased in the home at about 8:00 am.

Officer Elmstrand had served as a sworn officer with the Burnsville Police Department for five years and had previously served as a community service officer.

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