Minneapolis Police release name of officer in shootingby Nancy Lebens, Minnesota Public Radio
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minneapolis police have identified the officer involved in a shooting Sunday as Larry Petersen.
According to the criminal complaint issued Monday, Petersen responded to a report of a disturbance between a man and a woman at about 9 a.m. Sunday at Franklin and Lyndale avenues in Minneapolis.
The complaint from the Hennepin County Attorney's office reported that Robert Yellow Wolf, 43, "brandishing a knife and approached" the officer. Petersen drew his pistol and "ordered defendant multiple times to put down the knife."
Yellow Wolf allegedly refused and continued to walk toward Petersen "making stabbing motions with the knife." At one point, Petersen backed across the southbound lanes of Lyndale Avenue and had to stop in the median to avoid walking into traffic in the northbound lanes.
Petersen fired three shots, all hitting Yellow Wolf, according to the report.
Police say Yellow Wolf is in stable condition at Hennepin County Medical Center, although the hospital could not confirm. Yellow Wolf has been charged with felony second-degree assault. He has also been charged of allegedly slashing a man's face in a separate incident that occurred less than an hour before the confrontation with Petersen.
Minneapolis Police say Petersen has received multiple service awards since joining the department in 1988. He is expected to return to duty in a few days.
Nancy Lebens is an editor for MPR News.