Parts of Interstate 94 in downtown Minneapolis were shut down yesterday. It seems that there was a driver brandishing a firearm at another driver and the police had to make a “high-risk” traffic stop.
The incident began about 6:40 a.m. on eastbound I-694 in Brooklyn Park, when a motorist called police to report that another driver was displaying a gun.
Police caught up to the driver on I-94 at Olson Highway and blocked two southbound lanes long enough that traffic backed up to W. Broadway. The State Patrol took the man into custody but released him after officers learned he was an ATF agent who was carrying proper credentials.
“It’s under investigation,” said Lt. Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol. “We’re trying to determine the facts of what occurred.”
The agent’s name was not released per Minnesota Statute 13.82, which allows the identity of an undercover law enforcement officer to be kept private.
So the driver in question was not just any old “only one” but an undercover Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. I wonder if the BATFE will put the Special Agent in question on double-secret probation to go along with his (supposed) undercover status.