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Posted on: February 22, 2022

Interim Police Chief Reviews GVPD Response To Recent Violent Crimes

In the past week Golden Valley experienced two crimes involving gun violence, and members of the community are understandably distressed and wondering what the City is doing about these incidents.  

On Feb 16 the Golden Valley Police Department (GVPD) responded to reports of a burglary in the area of 37th Ave and Major Ave and located the suspect getting into a vehicle. After a short pursuit the vehicle became disabled and the suspect fled on foot, firing shots at the pursuing Golden Valley police officer and striking the squad car. The responding officers escaped injury and did not return fire. With the support of partnering police agencies, officers apprehended the suspect and the driver of the vehicle. 

On Feb 19 the GVPD responded to reports of shots fired in the area of Golden Valley Rd and Regent Ave N, where gunfire from one vehicle struck a passenger in another vehicle. The victim is hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. As this investigation continues, the police ask anyone who has information to contact the GVPD, including area residents who may have doorbell or outdoor surveillance camera footage to share from that time. You may remain anonymous. Collaboration and communication with the community are imperative to maintaining public safety. The Crime Prevention Fund is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. 

This has been a difficult week for our community and GVPD staff, and we’re proud of the work by our officers and investigators in these two incidents. The GVPD uses best practices when responding to reported problems and detecting crime trends, and we partner with neighboring police departments to exchange information and collaborate on issues of crime and safety. We are dedicated to working diligently to hold offenders accountable, using the latest resources and technology to assist our investigations. 

Although the metro area has seen an increase in violent crime in recent months, Golden Valley remains a relatively safe community. As a result of these recent events, we will be providing increased patrols to the affected neighborhoods.

To better understand and respond to residents’ concerns, the City is planning a meeting on crime, prevention, and community involvement. The PEACE Commission and the GVPD have begun discussing the event, and more information will be shared soon. Watch the City website for details.

We at the GVPD appreciate the community’s support and encourage residents to contact us at 763-593-8079 or if they have specific questions or concerns.

Scott Nadeau, Interim Police Chief

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