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Harteau speaks on deadly Uptown shooting, motorcycle crash

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Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau gave very little new information at a Wednesday afternoon press conference on the events of last Friday that left two people dead and two officers shot.

One suspect was killed, two officers were shot, and blocks away, a motorcyclist died after colliding with a police squad that was responding to the scene of the shooting at West 27th Street and Bryant Avenue.

Although Harteau confirmed she watched video of the crash that killed 24-year-old Ivan Romero, she would not speak to the investigation surrounding the shooting. She confirmed that the squad was driving through a red light at no more than 17 miles per hour past other cars that had stopped. She added that both the lights and siren were activated.

"I have video that is much better than [the officer's] recollection because the video tells the accurate story," Harteau said.

The Minnesota State Patrol has been asked to handle reconstruction of the crash but Minneapolis police will continue to lead both investigations, Harteau said.

"Everybody wants the information. It says 16-17 mph as he entered the intersection," Harteau said. "That will not change."

Harteau began the conference by saying she is less than comfortable sharing much information about the officer-involved shooting because she does not want to compromise the ongoing investigation by releasing information prematurely.

"I need forensics. I need evidence, and I need the investigation to be completed," she said.

In closing the conference, Harteau said the complexity of the combined incidents means it will take time to sort out what happened in either case -- especially since the department has yet to complete its preliminary investigation of the shooting that left Terrance Franklin dead and left two officers wounded.

Since both officers involved in the shooting were injured and are recovering, neither have provided an official statement yet. As for the officer involved in the fatal crash, Harteau said the driver is shaken and needs time to process what happened.

Meanwhile, the department is waiting for forensic testing results on evidence gathered at the scene of the shooting as well as an autopsy report.

"Again, it wasn't just a fatality," she said. "It was a shooting. Two officers shot another male who is deceased. That adds to the complexity in our ability and timeliness to get things done."

Harteau also said she has offered to meet with the families the motorcycle victim, Ivan Romero and the shooting suspect, Terrance Franklin. Both have declined, but she extended her offer again.

"I would say that I'm sorry for their loss," Harteau said. "Regardless of the situation, they've lost a family member."

FOX 9 did stop to talk to Ivan Romero's family Tuesday afternoon. His aunt declined to comment, but kindly referred us to her attorney. Said attorney has yet to return our phone calls.

THE SHOOTING

According to the Minneapolis Police Department, officers struggled with 22-year-old Terrance Franklin in the basement of a home he'd broken into at 27th and Bryant after he fled police in a car and then on foot. Two officers were shot and wounded, and one remains in the hospital.

After the press conference, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office announced the official cause of Franklin's death was multiple gunshot wounds.

Police maintain that Franklin tried to gain control of an officer's MP-5 machine gun, but the officers involved have not been interviewed because they remain heavily medicated.

Ashley Martin, the mother to Franklin's 4-year-old son, stood on the steps of Minneapolis City Hall on Monday in a symbolic protest, saying they still have too many questions to find closure.

"The whole story is not adding up at all," she said.

Chief Harteau said investigators are waiting for forensic analysis of evidence collected at the scene, as well as the final autopsy with toxicology reports. Investigators also must get complete statements from witnesses and the officers involved.

TRANSPARENCY?

There has been loud demand for details on the Minneapolis Police Department's internal investigation.

"Transparency is not immediacy. I'm trying to be transparent in the process," Harteau said on Wednesday. "I can't produce it all in a day."

There are still many unanswered questions about the complicated series of events, and that has some wondering if Minneapolis police should be looking into it on their own.

"We are doing our best to be transparent and share information as quickly as possible, and I ask for the public's patience in allowing us the necessary time to thoroughly review and investigate," Harteau previously said. "We owe it to everyone involved and the general public to be thorough and disclose the facts as we get them, and not simply respond to speculation. We have teams working around the clock and I have the utmost confidence in their ability and integrity to be thorough addressing even the smallest detail."

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