PRIOR LAKE, Minn. (KMSP) - A Minneapolis man is being charged with shooting at a police officer after he led police on a car chase while fleeing from a murder scene in Prior Lake, Minnesota last week.
Derrick Smith, 28, was one of four people arrested in connection to the shooting death of James Herron, 42, on Wednesday, Nov. 23.
Prior Lake police officers responded to the report of a shooting on 2100 block of Sioux Trail, which is tribal property belonging to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux community. Smith and two other suspects fled the scene in a car after police arrived on the scene.
An Eden Prairie police officer was able to stop the car on the northbound U.S. 169 exit ramp to Bren Road in Edina around 2:30 a.m. Smith ran from the car, jumped a fence and headed towards a strip mall parking lot with the Eden Prairie officer in pursuit.
Smith and the officer exchanged fire in the parking lot. Smith was injured in the shooting. He was arrested once other officers arrived on the scene.
"We are just one of three jurisdictions that want Mr. Smith to face justice,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said. “He is a violent man who we already charged last week with a shooting and now he faces charges for shooting at a police officer. Milwaukee wants to question him for a murder there and he is a key suspect in the Prior Lake killing.”
Smith is being charged with first degree assault for use of deadly force against a police officer. He has not yet been charged in Herron's murder. He will make his first court appearance on Tuesday.