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More gun violence in the metro: a drug related car chase ended in a shootout

By Ryan Prescher

A car chase that started in St. Paul and led to Minneapolis Tuesday night ended in a shootout, the KSTP article “Police dog and suspect shot after chase? by Nicole Muehlhausen read. The suspect, whose name has not been released, and a St. Paul police Dog, Rico, were shot. According to the article, the chase started after St. Paul police tried to arrest him for drug possession. The suspect crashed into an occupied SUV near Chicago Avenue and East Minnehaha Parkway. He then fled the scene and shot at the German Shepherd dog “as it bit and dragged him to the ground,? the article stated. The man was shot by police and was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, and the dog was taken to the University of Minnesota’s veterinary hospital. “Police said the suspect is a dangerous man. He has an extensive criminal history,? the article stated.

The KSTP article covering this news story is not very different from the original posting Tuesday night. While certain information was likely altered or clarified, the majority of the content within in the article remains the same. There is still no name of the suspect, and it is unclear in this article as to what time the incident occurred. The article also does not quote anyone. There are some references such as the St. Paul police department. In addition, this article lacks information about the driver and if there were any passengers in the SUV. While Muelhausen was the writer of the story, much of the information was obtained from the AP.

In contrast to the broadcasting source, the Star Tribune article “Suspect ‘satisfactory’ after St. Paul police chase ends in Minneapolis shooting? by Tom Ford and Joy Powell contained much more information and sources. For example, the specific location of where the incident started was mentioned, and descriptions of the chase, crash and shooting are written out. The article also mentioned that the driver of the other vehicle was injured but not seriously. Sources included in the story are a St. Paul police spokesperson, a University of Minnesota veterinarian, and a local resident.