Man charged in burglary where police officer was shot

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Andrew Neal was charged with burglary in connection with a Saturday morning break-in where one of the investigating officers was later shot and wounded, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Tuesday.

Neal, 43, of Crystal was charged with first-degree burglary.  He is expected to make his first court appearance Wednesday and the county attorney’s office is seeking $500,000 bail.

“Mr. Neal was arrested over the weekend and we had until noon today to make the decision on whether to charge him or release him from jail,” Freeman said. “There was sufficient evidence to charge him with this crime. Minneapolis police is continuing its investigation into the Saturday morning events and if they find evidence linking Mr. Neal to other crimes, we can consider additional charges.”

According to the criminal complaint, police were called to 1118 24th Ave. N. just before 5 a.m. because Neal had broken into the house. Living in the house were Neal’s former girlfriend and her current boyfriend and the boyfriend’s teenage son. Neal had a hammer and threatened the son with it and then lunged at the father, who cut Neal slightly with a pocket knife before Neal fled out the back door, the complaint states.

Minneapolis Police Officer Jordan Davis was one of the responding officers and after he left the house and walked to his squad car, he was hit by a gunshot, according to the complaint. Police later found a handgun and two magazines in the backyard of 1124 24th Ave. and it is being analyzed. Later in the day, Neal was found in an apartment at 1119 Logan Ave. N. and he was arrested, the complaint states.  

Neal Criminal Complaint (PDF)