Gunman Opens Fire On City Council, Police In Minnesota (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Gunshots were firing during a city council meeting in New Hope, Minnesota, on Monday.

The incident was caught on video (below) by the city's TV cameras.

The shooting happened inside the New Hope City Hall shortly after the city council swore in two police officers. One of those officers, Joshua Eernisse, was shot, as was Officer Beau Schoenhar, who was observing the ceremony.

“Two officers were struck. Other officers were able to return fire, subsequently killing the suspect,” Hennepin County Chief Deputy Mike Carlson told the Star Tribune.

The gunman was identified by family members as 69-year-old Raymond Kmetz, noted KARE 11.

Kmetz was reportedly in an ongoing feud with city officials over a piece of property and was tasered by New Hope police in 2009.

Family members claim Kmetz was previously confined inside mental health clinics in St. Peter and Anoka. The family insisted that they warned city officials that this type of a situation would happen.

Officers Eernisse and Johnson were taken to a local hospital, but were released.

Sources: Star Tribune, KARE 11
Image Credit: City Of New Hope Screenshot