Statement regarding Burnsville domestic violence killings

Domestic violence has claimed more lives in our community, leaving us heartbroken and grieving.

360 Communities extends its heartfelt condolences to the families of the first responders killed Sunday. Officers Paul Elmstrand and Matthew Ruge, and firefighter/paramedic Adam Finseth made the ultimate sacrifice. Sgt. Adam Medlicott is recovering from gunshot wounds after he answered the call. These heroes rushed to help a family in peril – despite the acute danger.

Our thoughts are with the City of Burnsville, the Police Department, and the Fire Department. We are grateful for all first responders who show up each day to serve and protect despite the considerable risk.

Our hearts are with the woman and seven children who have experienced so much trauma in the very place they should feel the safest, home, as well as the neighbors who woke up surrounded by gunfire. They all need the community’s support now more than ever.

These senseless killings illustrate a stark reality: the trauma of domestic violence is a public issue with devastation that affects an entire community.

Together, let’s honor the sacrifices of these first responders by caring for all those impacted and providing them with the services and support they need.

360 Communities statement DV killings