Mpls Police Name Officer Involved in Fatal Motorcycle Collision

Updated: 05/18/2013 4:34 PM By: Maricella Miranda

Scene of the Minneapolis officer-related shooting.
Scene of the Minneapolis officer-related shooting.
Photo: KSTP File Photo

Joshua Young has been identified as the Minneapolis police officer involved in last week's deadly motorcycle and squad crash after an officer-related shooting.

The crash happened after a burglary suspect was shot and killed May 10 during an altercation with two officers, who were shot in the legs. Young responded to the incident about 30 minutes later when his squad collided with a motorcyclist, killing the driver.

The driver was Ivan Romero, 24. A passenger on the motorcycle was injured.

On Friday, the Minneapolis Police Department released information about Young, who joined the department in 2006. Young is currently assigned to the third-precinct. He also served in the Minnesota National Guard in combat deployments to Somalia and Iraq.

Last year, Young was awarded the Medal of Commendation for apprehending a suspect who assaulted a woman in the hallway of an apartment complex, police reported. The victim was a vulnerable adult and the suspect attempted to rob her home.

Young was injured during the chase.

Young received a Life Saving Award last year for saving a choking baby. Earlier this year, Young was honored in Washington D.C. as one of two people in the country to be named National Adult Learner of the Year by the American Council on Education.

Earlier this week, Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau held a news conference about the officer-related shooting and the motorcycle-squad crash.

The police squad went through a red light when it collided with a motorcycle, according to a squad camera, Harteau said. The squad was going 16 to 17 mph as it entered the intersection at 26th Street and Blaisdell Avenue, according to squad video and the GPS.

Young properly used lights and siren, Harteau said. The motorcyclist struck the rear passenger area of the squad car. Preliminary reports show that officer was responding to the request for additional squads to assist at the shooting scene.

All of the interviews related to the crash have been conducted, according to police. The Minnesota State Patrol is conducting the squad-motorcycle reconstruction.

Next week, Minneapolis police plan to interview the two officers involved in the shooting. Witnesses also continue to be identified and interviewed, according to police. The officer-related shooting happened shortly before 3:30 p.m. at 2717 Bryant Ave. S.

Terrance Franklin, the burglary suspect involved in the officer-related shooting, died at 3:35 p.m. May 10. His death was ruled a homicide caused by multiple gunshot wounds.

The shooting remains under investigation.

The two officers shot during the fight with Franklin are Ricardo Muro and Michael Meath. Both are expected to recover from their injuries.

Click here to watch raw video of Wednesday's Minneapolis police news conference.