Chicago man shot at National Guard troops in Minneapolis amid Chauvin trial, prosecutors say
Minnesota prosecutors on Wednesday brought several charges against a man accused of opening fire on National Guard soldiers stationed in Minneapolis to keep the peace alive following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.
Andrew Thomas, 28, was arrested on Sunday and turned over to federal authorities the next day. He is being tried in the Hennepin District Court of three first-degree attacks against a peace officer, two second-degree attacks with a dangerous weapon and one illegal weapon possession, the Star-Tribune reported. He is also facing federal gun possession charges.
Hennepin County Jail records show he lives in Chicago.
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Andrew Thomas is suspected of shooting members of the National Guard in Minneapolis over the weekend.
Minnesota National Guard members were standing on the corner of Penn Avenue North and West Broadway early Sunday morning when several shots were fired from an SUV, according to a federal criminal complaint.
The soldiers were part of Operation Safety Net, a joint partnership between the National Guard and local authorities in response to protests and possible civil unrest.
A bullet carried four soldiers through the windshield of a military vehicle. One was taken to hospital for injuries from the broken glass and another was treated at the scene for “superficial wounds”.
Video surveillance cameras captured the SUV – a 2002 Ford Explorer – along with several identifying features, including a bike rack on top, heavily tinted windows, and the partially illuminated rear license plate.
A Minnesota National Guard vehicle was hit by a bullet Sunday morning. The alleged attacker is charged with assault.
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Shortly after 9:50 p.m. Thomas was sitting in the vehicle with a young person when he was stopped by authorities who recognized the SUV based on its description. They arrested Thomas. The youth informed authorities that Thomas had a gun in the vehicle and that they had met him at a hotel in St. Paul the week before.
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A search of the SUV revealed a 9mm semi-automatic Springfield Armory XD-9 pistol, a .22 caliber revolver with a serial number erased, ammunition and two unloaded cartridge cases.