Minnesota Gunman Who Killed 3 Was Banned From Owning Guns

(UnitedHeadlines.com) – Shannon Gooden, 38, the man responsible for killing two Burnsville, Minnesota, police officers and a paramedic Feb. 18, was banned from owning guns.

First responders were called to the scene of a domestic disturbance Feb. 18 because Gooden and Noemi Torres, the mother of his three older children, were arguing. When authorities arrived, Gooden was barricaded inside the home with seven children that ranged in age from 2 to 15.

Burnsville Officers Matthew Ruge, 27, Paul Elmstrand, 27, and a firefighter and paramedic assigned to the Burnsville SWAT team, Adam Finseth, 40, were killed responding to the scene, police said. Burnsville Officer Sgt. Adam Medlicott was also wounded. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has ruled Gooden’s death a suicide after he was found in the home with a gunshot wound to his head.

According to court records, Gooden and Torres were scheduled to go to court two days after the incident for disputes over the custody and financial support of the three children. Gooden had accused Torres of neglect, while she had accused him of being “controlling” and abusing her and the children.

According to Torres, the three older children were in the house when the incident began. She said Gooden asked their 14-year-old daughter if she wanted to die with him. Torres added that Gooden had previously stated if she called 911, he would shoot the police. She said he said he was “going to kill everybody.”

Gooden’s right to own firearms was revoked in 2008, when he was 22 years old. According to prosecutors, Gooden was charged and pleaded guilty to second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon after throwing rocks and pulling a knife on a man in the parking lot of a Burnsville shopping mall.

In 2020, he was unsuccessful in petitioning a court to have his gun rights restored. Even though he was unable to own firearms legally, multiple firearms were recovered from the scene.

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