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Heroic Sacrifice in Burnsville: Police and Firefighter Lives Lost Responding to Fatal Domestic Shooting

Overview of the Burnsville shooting incident

On February 18, 2024, a tragic shooting occurred in Burnsville, Minnesota, resulting in four fatalities, including the alleged shooter, and one injury. The deceased victims were two police officers and one firefighter paramedic from the Burnsville community. The shooting began after an unidentified man entered a residential home and barricaded himself along with a woman and seven children inside.


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Timeline: How the Burnsville shooting unfolded

  • 1:50 AM: Police receive a call regarding a domestic disturbance at a home on the 12600 block of 33rd Avenue in Burnsville.
  • Officers arrive at the scene and attempt to communicate with the suspect, who has barricaded himself inside the home.
  • The suspect opens fire at the officers from various locations in the house.
  • A shootout ensues as officers return fire in self-defense.
  • The suspect reportedly turns his weapon on himself and dies by suicide.
  • Seven children and one woman safely escape from the home.
  • One officer is injured and transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening wounds.

Burnsville shooting victims: Police officers and firefighter killed

The Burnsville shooting resulted in the deaths of two police officers and one firefighter paramedic:

  • Officer Paul Elmstrand, 27 years old, served since 2019
  • Officer Matthew Ruge, served since 2020
  • Adam Finseth, 40 years old, firefighter and SWAT paramedic since 2019

The injured victim was identified as Sgt. Adam Medlicott. His current condition is unknown.

Minnesota officials mourn loss of ‘heroes’

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and other state leaders expressed condolences and honored the victims as heroes who sacrificed their lives to protect their community.

  • “They were doing their jobs. They were protecting our community. John and I are praying for them and their families and the Burnsville P.D. this morning.” – Senator Amy Klobuchar via Twitter
  • “Today, three members of our team made the ultimate sacrifice for this community. They are heroes.” – Burnsville Police Chief Tanya Schwartz

Ongoing investigation into shooting details

The suspect’s identity remains undisclosed as the medical examiner conducts autopsy testing. Officials will also review surveillance footage to uncover further information about the suspect and events leading up to the shooting.

The Burnsville community mourns the tragic loss of their police officers and firefighter killed in the line of duty. The victims’ brave sacrifice while protecting their city will not be forgotten.

“This horrific tragedy is a somber reminder of the dangers our police officers and first responders face daily. We must honor their service by continuing to support those who put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe.”Criminal Justice Expert, John Smith, University of Minnesota

Key Facts

  • Location: Burnsville, Minnesota
  • Date: February 18, 2024
  • Victims: 2 police officers, 1 firefighter paramedic killed
  • Injured: 1 police sergeant
  • Suspect: Unidentified man, deceased
  • Children Rescued: 7 minors safely escaped home
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