Minneapolis police: Gun 'forensically-tied' to Terrance Franklin - KMSP-TV

Stolen gun 'forensically-tied' to Terrance Franklin, Minneapolis police say

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Minneapolis police say a stolen gun recovered Oct. 28 from a home on W. 28th Street has been "forensically-tied" to Terrance Franklin – the man shot-and-killed by police in the basement of an Uptown home last May.

But police say this new evidence connects Franklin to a completely separate crime investigators didn't even suspect him for.

The investigation into Franklin‘s shooting was completed months ago, and the two Minneapolis police officers involved were cleared by a grand jury of any wrongdoing.

That's why investigators were very surprised when they were notified Tuesday that Terrance Franklin may be connected to another burglary just one day before he died.


TIMELINE
Source: Minneapolis Police Department

May 9, 2013: Burglary of home at 427 Taylor Street NE. Homeowner reports a TV and handgun were stolen.

May 10, 2013: Terrance Franklin dumps a vehicle on the 500 block of West 28th Street in Minneapolis. 5 blocks away, he takes a gun from a Minneapolis Police Officer and severely wounds 2 officers in a struggle before he is shot and killed.

Oct. 28, 2013: A homeowner at 524 28th Street West found a sock with a 9 mm gun inside of it wedged between his home's foundation and back porch. The homeowner called police who recovered the sock and gun. The serial number on the gun matches the number of the gun stolen from 427 Taylor Street NE on May 9th.

Oct. 29, 2013: Minneapolis Police Department Crime Lab forensic scientists swab the handgun, magazine and live cartridges for possible DNA evidence and latent fingerprints.

Oct. 30, 2013: Minneapolis Police Sergeants take the DNA swabs, sock, and handgun to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for DNA analysis, a common practice.

Mar. 4, 2014: The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension informs the Minneapolis Police Department that Terrance Franklin's DNA profile was found on the sock.


The gun was found 5 months after Franklin died, in-between the spot where he ditched his car during the chase and the south Minneapolis home where he died. A homeowner found the gun inside a sock under his porch while cleaning out leaves, but has no idea how long it was there or why it's now such a big deal.

The forensic connection to Franklin came when the BCA found DNA evidence on the sock holding the gun, not the gun itself.

The attorney for Franklin's family says putting out this new information is a "character assassination" and would not be allowed in court, while police say they just want to show they aren't hiding anything.

The attorney for Franklin's family says they plan to file their lawsuit against the two officers, the police chief, and the city of Minneapolis within the next 30 days.

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