Five drug task force officers were critically injured during an exchange of gunfire in Glendorado Township, Minnesota, as they served a search warrant on a residential property. Benton County Sheriff, Troy Heck, during a press conference, detailed that the officers announced their arrival at the property around 7 a.m. but were immediately met with gunfire. In response, the officers fired back and subsequently retreated to a safe location.
The main suspect, 64-year-old Karl Thomas Holmberg, was apprehended after several hours of negotiations. Early footage from local media outlets showed officers in tactical gear surrounding Holmberg before escorting him to a medical helicopter. The exact nature and extent of Holmberg’s injuries have not yet been confirmed.
The officers involved were operating under the Sherburne County Drug Task Force and were conducting undercover operations, hence their identities are being withheld for security reasons. Three of the injured officers are currently receiving treatment at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale. The other two officers, who were fortunate enough to be shielded by their bulletproof vests during the gunfire, have already been released from CentraCare Hospital in St. Cloud after receiving necessary medical attention.
In his statement, Sheriff Heck acknowledged the multi-agency response to the incident, emphasizing the collaborative spirit of law enforcement agencies during such challenging events. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has taken charge of the ongoing investigation.
Holmberg’s prior interactions with law enforcement, notably previous drug convictions, have placed him on local authorities’ radar. However, the specific reasons for the search warrant at his property and the subsequent shooting remain undisclosed as the investigation is ongoing.
This recent event underscores a series of law enforcement-related shootings across Minnesota and its neighboring regions, vividly highlighting the risks officers face in their line of duty. Responses to the incident have poured in from various corners, with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association extending their condolences, support, and well-wishes to the injured officers and their families during this challenging time.