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Blaine Police: Knife-Wielding Intruder Shot, Injured By Cops

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- Police officers shot and wounded a suspect who broke into a family's home in Blaine early Thursday morning.

It is the third officer-involved shooting in the Twin Cities metro in just over a week.

This latest shooting happened around 3:45 a.m. on the 100 block of 92nd Avenue Northeast.

Police say a woman called 911 to report that a man had kicked in the door of her home and was fighting with her boyfriend.

Even though the break-in happened in Blaine, two Coon Rapids police officers responded because Blaine police were busy at the time with another emergency call.

The woman living in the home had locked herself inside a bedroom when she made the call.

Blaine Police Chief Chris Olson says police arrived at the home minutes later.

"The officers were able to observe a knife-wielding suspect at that time. The suspect then lunged at the officers and the homeowner," Olson said.

That's when police shot and wounded the suspect. Authorities aren't saying if one or both officers fired shots. The officers immediately called for first aid.

"We have no tie of the suspect to this neighborhood, or that home that we're aware of, so we do not know why that person was here in the first place," Olson said.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the shooting as part of protocol. Police say while they're trained for these types of scenarios, they are rare.

"These are not something any officer takes lightly and it is … a scary situation because usually they themselves or someone else are in danger and they have to resort to that level of force," Olson said.

The suspect was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale and is expected to survive.

Authorities say they are still working to determine proper charges.

There was also a car break-in that happened in Blaine before the burglary, and police are saying it's possible the suspect was also involved in that as well.

"We've had problems on this street in particular," neighbor Marsha Ocel said.

No officers were injured in the incident.

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