UPDATE: Dayton Man Charged with Shooting at Police
UPDATE: A Dayton man has been charged following Tuesday’s incident in which authorities say he shot at three police officers.
Faris Hussien, 26, was charged with three counts of first-degree assault. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced the charges Thursday.
Officer Had Five Bullet Holes in Clothing
According to the criminal complaint, three officers went to Hussien’s home to serve a search warrant. Hussien did not come out after police knocked on the door, but instead locked the door’s deadbolt from inside. That’s when officers decided to kick in the door, the complaint said. When they did that, Officers fired multiple times at the three officers through the open doorway. One of the officers quickly returned fire, authorities said.
One officer ended up with five bullet holes in his clothing, four in his jacket and one in his pant leg. Remarkably, he or anyone else was not injured. The officer was not wearing a bulletproof vest.
The incident occurred about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in The Pines neighborhood of Dayton. Dayton and Maple Grove police officers, along with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office were all involved. Officers were carrying out a search warrant at a house in the 12000 block of Pineridge Way North. Gunfire eventually was exchanged. One eyewitness gave a vivid description of what he saw.
“I saw a local city and a sheriff’s officer with a woman on the ground,” said Maple Grove’s Nathan Mathis. “On her knees, handcuffed. They had their rifles in hand pointing at another house. Out came a gentlemen with his hands up. He got about halfway to the police officers. Took his shirt off kept walking. They arrested him without any altercation.”
Dayton Gunfire “Kind of Intimidating”
Mathis is a construction worker. He was near the home when the situation began. According to Mathis, officers flocked to the area, showing up with guns in hand.
Every nearby intersection was blocked off for more than three hours. For awhile no one knew exactly what was going on.
“Everyone kind of stuck their heads out of their houses and looked at all the police officers,” Mathis said. “They just marched around each individual house. They were set up on the front porches with guns in their hands. It was kind of intimidating for me. Nothing really happened after that. At that point they just kind of escorted each one of us out.”