Raymond Kmetz's rage toward New Hope, Crystal built for years

The rage that culminated in a man opening fire at New Hope City Hall last night had been building for years.

The apparent shooter, Raymond Kmetz, was extremely angry about various pieces of property that were taken away by authorities, and with the police over how they handled it.

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One of Kmetz's battles was with the city of New Hope. A little more than five years ago, Kmetz filed a federal lawsuit against the city, alleging officers used excessive force while roughing him up during a roadside altercation. The lawsuit was later dismissed.

Kmetz had another dispute with the city of Crystal, this one over the ownership of a property on Douglas Ave.

At one point, Kmetz was accused of bulldozing a building that didn't belong to him, then using the dozer to charge at a police officer who tried to stop him.

That incident and other threats led to a restraining order filed by Crystal police.

Kmetz was civilly committed a few times, but released after treatment.

Kmetz's son seems to feel his dad was treated unfairly by police, but one of Raymond's brothers emailed Fox 9 and said his family "warned the police in Aug 2014 this was going to happen."

The brother added that he felt the cities of New Hope and Crystal "always treated [Raymond] fairly."

Officers released from hospital


Late this afternoon, the New Hope officers shot by Kmetz were identified as Joshua Eernisse and Officer Beau Schoenhard. Both were released from the hospital today and are expected to make a full recovery.

Meanwhile, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner says Kmetz died as a result of "multiple gunshot wounds."
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