- Friday September 10th, 2010 :: 01:54 p.m. CDT
Update to critical incident; officers and suspect identified
September 10, 2010 (MINNEAPOLIS) Today the Minneapolis Police Department is identifying the suspect and the two officers involved in yesterday’s incident at the YMCA.
Around 3:45 pm officers responded to a 911 call from the YMCA regarding an unwanted person and were subsequently directed to a male in a 6th floor gym. Officers spoke to this man before attempting to physically remove him from the club. A lengthy physical confrontation ensued and the man, whose was described by witnesses as agitated and combative, assaulted both officers; injuring one slightly. Eventually a conducted energy device was used on the man and he was later taken into custody. Shortly thereafter the man experienced a medical emergency and was taken to HCMC where he is being treated.
The suspect is identified as David Cornelius Smith (Date of birth 3-2-1982). The involved officers are identified as Timothy Gorman and Timothy Callahan.
Officer Gorman started with the MPD in October of 1996 and worked in the Fourth Precinct primarily on night patrol until February of 2009 when he transferred to the First Precinct. Officer Gorman was also selected for a 90 day career enrichment in the Homicide Unit in 2002.
Officer Gorman has twice been recommended for the Department’s Award of Merit and once for the Medal of Valor. He received the Department’s Medal of Commendation in 1999 and a Unit Citation in 2000. Officer Gorman has several letters of appreciation in his file including one from a State Senator.
Officer Callahan started with the MPD in September of 1993. Since then he has worked in the Second Precinct in both night patrol and on the Community Response Team. In January of 2000 Officer Callahan transferred to the Downtown Command (later renamed the First Precinct) where he has worked day and night patrol as well as in the Precinct’s Investigations Unit.
Officer Callahan has 10 letters of appreciation in his file from other law enforcement agencies and citizens for his work. Additionally he was nominated for the Medal of Commendation and Chief’s Award of Merit in 1997. He has been awarded the Department’s Medal of Commendation twice (both in 1995), a Chief’s Award of Merit in 1997 and another Chief’s Award of Merit in 2005 for his four week deployment with MPD personnel to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He has also received a Lifesaving Award in 2008 for his actions to disarm a woman intent on committing suicide.
Both officers remain on standard paid administrative leave. A condition update on Mr. Smith is not available at this time.
Minneapolis Police Department
350 S 5th St
Minneapolis, MN 55415