New Hope City Council reflects at first meeting since shooting

The New Hope City Council met Monday night for the first time since a deadly shooting at City Hall two weeks ago. With additional security on hand, council members started the meeting with deep reflection, and by simply saying thanks.

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Council members, the mayor, and one of the officers who was shot remembered what happened that night, right after an induction ceremony for two New Hope police officers when Ray Kmetz walked into City Hall and shot and injured two officers before police killed him. On Monday night, they had a chance to reflect together, a chance to be thankful for the men and women who protect all of us each day and a chance to thank Officer Beau Schoenhard, one of the officers who was shot by Kmetz. He said it wasn't easy coming to the meeting.

"I feel good. Healing, but as you can see tonight I have a ton of support and that helps a lot," he said. "I was nervous. We've had a couple meetings to talk about what happened within our department."

In an emotional night, extra officers were on hand from all over the metro. They came show a sense of solidarity and to remind residents they can be safe while having their voices heard by elected officials.

This was the first time Officer Schoenhard had been involved in an officer-involved shooting. Still in recovery, he says he won't be back on duty with the department for a couple more months.

"It's not just scary for our department and the people that were there, but there were people that were here that night that had nothing to do with law enforcement and the individual, and they have to now live with that as well. So, I'm here to show them support as well," he said.
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