Arrest made in connection with gunshots at MN National Guard soldiers

James Marshall
April 21, 2021

A Minnesota National Guard neighborhood security team says it was attacked early Sunday morning.

The Minnesota National Guard said the drive-by shooting happened at approximately 4:19 a.m. local time when a light-colored SUV fired several shots at a team of Guard and law enforcement officers providing neighborhood security amid the ongoing trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with killing George Floyd, a black man, last May.

About 3,000 National Guard troops are now deployed in the Minneapolis area, according to CBS 4 Minnesota. One solider was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of wounds from shattered glass and another soldier was treated at the scene for superficial injuries.

"I am relieved to know none of our Guardsmen were seriously injured", Maj. Gen. Aaron R. Dean II, the Adjutant General of the D.C. National Guard, said in the statement. "This event highlights the volatility and tension in our communities right now".

In a separate incident, video posted by Alpha News shows a man verbally harassing Minnesota National Guard members in Minneapolis on Saturday.

The District of Columbia National Guard (DCNG) is sending around 250 troops into the nation's capital to assist with the local law enforcement response to anticipated "First Amendment demonstrations" following the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering George Floyd during his arrest a year ago, according to a DCNG press release Monday.

"Let's be clear: The fearless men and women of the Minnesota National Guard are our neighbors". Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) told protesters "get more confrontational" if Chauvin is not found guilty of murder.

"But it highlights how unsafe the situation can get", Walz told local station WCCO.

The DCNG activation announcement also came within hours of the closing arguments in the Derek Chauvin trial.

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