Shots fired at squad car, home of Grand Rapids police officer

- Two young men are accused of shooting at a police officer’s home and squad car in Grand Rapids, Minnesota Sunday night.

At 9:51 p.m., Officer Matt O’Rourke was at home with his family when he heard “multiple projectiles” striking outside of his house and the marked police squad car parked in his driveway. A vehicle was speeding away from the house.

Officer O’Rourke chased the vehicle while radioing on-duty officers at the Grand Rapids Police Department. The suspect vehicle was found abandoned near an elementary school and the two suspects were located a short distance away.

Police arrested a 20-year-old Grand Rapids man and an 18-year-old Bemidji man. They are currently being held in the Itasca County Jail awaiting charges.

The motive for the shooting remains unknown.

Since the incident involved a Grand Rapids police officer, the case has been turned over to the Itasca County sheriff’s office, who is continuing to investigate.


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