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Minneapolis Park Police officer dies

A Minneapolis Park Police officer who was injured more than a week ago when he was hit by a squad car, while chasing a suspect on foot, died on Friday.

Both the injured officer and the driving officer were chasing the same suspect.

Mark Bedard, 34, was the first Minneapolis park police officer to die while on duty since 1883.

On Nov. 1, police got a call about shots fired in a Minneapolis neighborhood near 27th Avenue North and Irving Avenue North.

When the officers arrived at the scene, they followed a car leaving the area.

When the officers just turned on their lights and sirens, the car being pursued crashed into a tree about four blocks away. The driver fled and ran between houses before crossing into an alley.

The suspect ran across the alley just before Bedard emerged from between two garages and was hit, according to the Pioneer Press article.

Bedard suffered from broken bones, a collapsed lung and torn aorta. During surgery his heart stopped twice, which led to a severe stroke.

The officer driving the squad car that hit Bedard was Patricia Grant. Grant is a 20-year member of the Minneapolis Police Department. She has taken an extended leave of absence, according to the Star Tribune.

The accident is under investigation.

Bedard joined the park police in 1997. His personnel file was full of recognition for his work in the department. He received a Medal of Commendation last year for securing a scene during a shootout in north Minneapolis.

Bedard helped solve a homicide in Mendota Heights as well as help reduce gang activity in Minneapolis parks.

He also talked a suicidal man off of the Franklin Avenue Bridge and a frequent speaker at schools.

Bedard leave his 2-year-old son Nic and wife Andi.

The story was covered in both the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press. Each took a different approach in writing the article.

The Star Tribune had three different sections: Family, accomplishments and incident.
The Pioneer Press focused on Bedards life and how people remember him.