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Byerly’s in St. Louis Park Evacuated in Search for Gunman

Byerly's in St. Louis Park Evacuated in Search for Gunman

Authorities say a 41-year-old man is at large and is considered to be armed and dangerous after an officer-involved shooting in St. Louis Park Tuesday morning.

St. Louis Park police were called at about 9:45 a.m. to a business on the 6500 block of Cambridge Drive on a report of a suspicious person with a gun in a vehicle. When officers arrived, the suspect exchanged gunfire with authorities. No officers were hurt, and the suspect fled the scene in a green 2008 Honda Civic.

A witness, who did not want to be identified, told WCCO-TV that there was so much gunfire he would be shocked if the man wasn’t hit, though it did not appear any cops were hurt. The witness said he heard 18 or more gunshots fired.

The suspect, identified by authorities as David Michael Winters, was spotted a short time later entering the Byerly’s in St. Louis Park on the 3700 block of Park Center Boulevard. A massive search for Winters, who was reportedly brandishing a gun, led to the evacuation of the Byerly’s. Authorities placed the store on lock down and officers were able to secure the area.

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said the suspect has not been located as of 4:45 p.m. Tuesday and the incident has turned into a manhunt. Winters should be considered armed and dangerous. He’s described as about 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing about 192 pounds. He has brown hair, brown eyes and may be wounded. If you see him, call 911 immediately.

Byerly's in St. Louis Park Evacuated in Search for Gunman

Police secure scene in Edina. (credit: CBS)

WCCO’s Jennifer Mayerle said that when Winters entered the Byerly’s with a gun, employees and customers alike fled out the back doors. A manager said some employees remained in the building after the evacuation, locked in a front conference room. They were safely removed from the store Tuesday afternoon and were loaded on Metro Transit buses to stay warm.

Just before 1:30 p.m., the store’s general manager told employees and customers who were in their cars in the parking lot that they were allowed to leave.

A State Patrol helicopter was brought to the scene and was flying over an area in nearby Edina. Police in Edina told WCCO’s Angela Davis that a resident on the 5300 block of Lincoln called police to report that a vehicle with bullet holes was in his garage, and it wasn’t his car. Police have secured the scene. They said the vehicle matched the description of a vehicle wanted in a police incident in St. Louis Park.

Northbound Highway 169 was closed at Highway 62 around 1 p.m. due to the situation. It was reopened at around 1:30 p.m., according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

WCCO-TV’s Reg Chapman says there is a heavy police presence in connection with the incident in the Jordan area. Authorities say it is believed Winters grew up in that area and may have traveled there after the incident at Byerly’s.



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