Terrance Franklin's DNA on trigger of officer's gun - KMSP-TV

Terrance Franklin's DNA on trigger of officer's gun

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

Next month, the shooting death of Terrance Franklin at the hands of Minneapolis police will go before a grand jury.

Franklin, 22, was shot and killed by police on May 10 after leading police on a chase and breaking into a home on Bryant Ave. S. 

Police have said Franklin tried to grab an officer's gun during a struggle inside the home, but Franklin's family has disputed that account. A source told the Star Tribune that forensic tests show Terrance Franklin's DNA on the trigger of the officer's service weapon.

Two officers were shot during the incident, but both survived.

HENNEPIN COUNTY ATTORNEY STATEMENT

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman released the following statement Friday on the death and presentation of the case to a grand Jury:

"Many members of the community have asked about the status of the investigation of the death of Terrance Franklin and when this case will be presented to the Hennepin County Grand Jury. The investigation and all the numerous scientific tests are just about completed. It will be presented to the grand jury in mid-September.

"On many occasions I have been asked, what is the role both of the Hennepin County Attorney's Office and the grand jury on this matter? I have consistently made three points. First, it is the longstanding practice of the Hennepin County Attorney's Office to take all cases of officer-involved shooting deaths of civilians to a grand jury made up of citizens of Hennepin County. That will happen in this case. Second, under Minnesota law, until the grand jury hears the case all evidence, including witness statements, autopsy reports and laboratory results are considered investigatory evidence and are not public. We cannot release any additional information, including the autopsy report, to anyone. Third, once the grand jury makes its decision, either by indicting someone or by issuing a no-bill, more information will become public from the appropriate agencies. That is all, under the law, I can say publicly at this time."

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