Up against a deadline by which authorities had to charge Andrew Neal or release him from custody, Hennepin County prosecutors opted for the former, even if they don't at this time have enough evidence to bring more serious charges connected with the cop shooting.
"Mr. Neal was arrested over the weekend and we had until noon today to make the decision on whether to charge him or release him from jail," Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says in a release. "There was sufficient evidence to charge him with this crime. Minneapolis police is continuing its investigation into the Saturday morning events and if they find evidence linking Mr. Neal to other crimes, we can consider additional charges."
The burglary charges allege Neal barged into a home occupied by his ex-girlfriend, her new boyfriend, and her new boyfriend's teenage son on the 1100 block of 24th Avenue North just before 5 a.m. Saturday.
Neal brandished a hammer, but his ex's new boyfriend was able to get him out of the house after he stabbed Neal "superficially" with a pocket knife.
After Neal left, he allegedly called his ex and said he was coming back and she better get police there. He added that he didn't care if he went back to prison, the complaint says.
Soon thereafter, officers arrived at the scene. The complaint details the circumstances surrounding officer Davis's shooting:
One of the officers, [Davis], had been in the residence and was walking toward officers in one of the squad cars. About three or four feet from the car, officers heard a shot and [Davis] exclaimed: "I've just been shot." [Davis] was able to tell other officers the injury was to his shoulder; he was helped into a squad car and driven immediately to North Memorial Hospital.
Following the shooting, Davis allegedly holed up in an apartment on the 1100 block of 24th Avenue North. Hours later, he was arrested. He wasn't armed when he was taken into custody, though officers found a handgun and two magazines in a nearby backyard.
According to the complaint, on the way to jail, Neal told officers he was thankful they didn't shoot him, "especially with what's been going on in Ferguson." Authorities say Neal's cell phone record indicates he contacted a person prior to his arrest and told them he had done something wrong and would be on the news.
Last night, the MPD released footage of a recovering Davis thanking his fellow cops for getting him to the hospital as quickly as they did.
Meanwhile, the MPD apologized for the way residents of the Jordan Neighborhood were treated during the hours between the shooting and Neal's arrest. One resident told Fox 9 police ransacked her home while searching for Neal.
Neal remains in custody with $500,000 bail as this is published.