Two men charged with shooting at cops in Saturday downtown gunfire


Two Minneapolis men were charged with nine counts of first-degree assault for using a gun against police officers during a shooting in downtown Minneapolis, Hennepin County Mike Freeman announced Tuesday.

Maurice Carter, 25, and Detroit Davis-Riley, 26, were charged in connection with the shooting that occurred at approximately 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning on Fifth Street and Hennepin Avenue. Davis-Riley was also charged with a felon in possession of a gun.

“This reckless and highly dangerous gunfire in Minneapolis must stop,” Freeman said. “We have charged two men with nine counts of shooting at police officers and we plan to aggressively prosecute these cases. In addition, investigation is on-going in the shootings where civilians also were injured and additional charges may be forthcoming.”

Freeman will address the Minneapolis City Council, at their invitation, about the downtown shooting and other public safety issues. The meeting is at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the city council chambers.

According to the criminal complaint, several officers observed a man in a red sweatshirt, identified as Maurice Carter, shoot multiple rounds from a semi-automatic handgun toward the intersection and then calmly turn and walk away. Officers quickly apprehended Carter and recovered a loaded gun in his waistband.

Other officers observed a second individual, later identified as Detroit Davis-Riley, holding a handgun. Davis-Riley fled into a nearby alley, where he was captured. Surveillance video showed both Carter and Davis-Riley firing their weapons, the complaint states.

When the shots stopped, officers on the scene controlled the chaotic situation. There were at least 50 people on the sidewalk, at the light rail station and in the street. Officers found six people who suffered bullet wounds and ambulances took them to the hospital.

A third gun man has been identified, but is not custody.

Carter and Davis-Riley are expected to make their first court appearance Wednesday.

Carter Criminal Complaint (PDF)

Davis-Riley Criminal Complaint (PDF)