Off-Duty Twin Cities Firefighter Fatally Shot in Minneapolis

Joseph Johns
Joseph Johns

MINNEAPOLIS, MN ( – The Twin Cities community mourns the loss of 40-year-old Joseph Johns, an off-duty firefighter who tragically fell victim to a fatal shooting in Minneapolis over the weekend.

According to reports from TRF News, colleagues and friends of Johns confirmed his identity as the victim of Sunday’s shooting. The Minneapolis Police Department responded to the incident at approximately 12:40 a.m. on the 900 block of Cedar Avenue, where they discovered a man suffering from gunshot wounds in a parking lot. Despite efforts to save him, he succumbed to his injuries after being transported to Hennepin Healthcare.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office later confirmed that Johns had died from a gunshot wound. Tributes poured in from the cities of Eagan and Eden Prairie, where Johns had served as a volunteer firefighter since 2015 and as a career firefighter since 2020, respectively.

In a heartfelt announcement on Facebook, the City of Eagan expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support during this time of profound loss. Meanwhile, fire officials from Eagan informed TRF News that firefighters were standing by at the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office until Johns’ body could be returned to his family. The neighboring fire departments in Burnsville and Inver Grove Heights offered assistance with emergency calls as Johns’ colleagues mourned his passing.

The Minneapolis Police Department disclosed that a second individual sustained injuries in the shooting, indicating that shots were fired across Ninth Street at a group of people in a parking lot, sparking an exchange of gunfire. Despite ongoing investigations, no arrests have been made in connection with the incident at last update.


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