Two police officers and a paramedic were tragically killed in Burnsville, Minnesota, on Sunday morning, according to sources reported by WCCO. The incident occurred in the 12000 block of 33rd Avenue, where authorities were responding to a domestic call involving weapons, as stated by Dakota County dispatch.

Details regarding the exact circumstances of the shooting remain limited, but witnesses at the scene described a significant law enforcement presence, including fire trucks, ambulances, police vehicles, and SWAT teams. Notably, one SWAT vehicle was observed with multiple bullet holes visible on its windshield.

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The officers were reportedly responding to the domestic call when the shooting occurred, and the paramedic was providing aid to one of the officers. The tragic event prompted an outpouring of support from the law enforcement community, with police and first responders from multiple cities gathering at Hennepin Healthcare in downtown Minneapolis to show solidarity.

Minnesota state leaders and other officials expressed their condolences and support for the families of the victims. Governor Tim Walz emphasized the bravery and sacrifices made by first responders, stating, “My heart is with those grieving families – the State of Minnesota stands ready to support in any way we can.”

Flags will be flown at half-staff starting Monday at sunrise in honor of the fallen officers and paramedic. Senator Amy Klobuchar also acknowledged the shooting, emphasizing that the victims were simply “doing their jobs” to protect the community.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) confirmed that its agents from St. Paul were responding to the “domestic-related shooting” in Burnsville. However, additional details regarding the circumstances leading up to the shooting have not been disclosed.

State representative Jim Nash expressed sorrow for the tragedy, highlighting the impact on the families, the Burnsville community, and the nation as a whole. The Burnsville Police Department referred inquiries to a city spokeswoman, who was not immediately available for comment.

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As investigations into the incident continue, authorities and community members alike mourn the loss of the two officers and paramedic, underscoring the risks faced by first responders in the line of duty.