Karl Holmberg, 64, of east central Minnesota, has been charged with six counts of first-degree attempted murder and six counts of first-degree assault following an incident where he allegedly shot five police officers.
According to Benton County charges, six officers from the Sherburne County Drug Task Force and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office arrived at Holmberg’s residence near Princeton to serve a knock-and-announce narcotics warrant. Body-worn camera footage revealed that the officers announced their presence both before and after entering the home. However, they were met with immediate gunfire, leading to five officers being shot.
The criminal complaint states that Holmberg’s wife was present during the incident. She reported waking up to Holmberg alerting her to the police presence outside their home, evidenced by footage from an exterior camera. Holmberg reportedly told his wife that it was “his day to die” and had multiple firearms arranged on the bed. He then began “blindly” shooting through their closed bedroom door. Holmberg allegedly asked his wife to join him in the shooting, labeling her a “coward” when she declined.
Of the officers injured during the shooting, one sustained significant harm to their right arm, another was shot in the chest and hip, while a third suffered a hand injury. Two additional officers were hospitalized. Fortunately, all injured officers are expected to recover.
After hours of negotiation, Holmberg surrendered at approximately 10:45 a.m. and was apprehended. While he sustained an injury, the specifics regarding its cause and severity remain uncertain.
Officials discovered multiple firearms in the residence, including handguns, a shotgun, a rifle, and a firearm belonging to one of the officers. .223 shell casings were also found in the bedroom.
Benton County Sheriff Troy Heck noted that Holmberg was known to local law enforcement due to his criminal history. Furthermore, Sheriff Heck confirmed that the officers involved were working undercover; hence their identities will remain undisclosed.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is leading the ongoing investigation. Holmberg, expected to be released from hospital care soon, will be booked into the Benton County Jail. His initial court appearance is slated for 2:30 p.m.