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Families, friends seek answers in Minneapolis police shooting

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Roughly 48 hours after a chaotic and deadly pursuit through a densely-populated neighborhood in Uptown, loved ones and friends are still waiting for answers about what happened that fatal day.

Some in the neighborhood admit feeling frustrated with waiting for police to release details, and Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau said the department wants to provide them as soon as they can.

"We are doing our best to be transparent and share information as quickly as possible, and I ask for the public's patience in allowing us the necessary time to thoroughly review and investigate," Harteau said. "We owe it to everyone involved and the general public to be thorough and disclose the facts as we get them, and not simply respond to speculation. We have teams working around the clock and I have the utmost confidence in their ability and integrity to be thorough addressing even the smallest detail."

With two officers injured and an innocent motorcyclist killed in a collision with a responding squad, it's easy to see why people want to know why sooner rather than later.

"Our friend is gone forever," said friend Alyssa Roman. "We want transparency. We want answers so we can get closure on what happened on Friday."

Pleas for truthful and detailed information echoed across Minneapolis this weekend.

"Be open. Be honest. Obviously, something happened," Roman urged.

The cries came from the intersection where the police squad SUV collided with motorcyclist Ivan Romero and from the church where shooting suspect Terrence Franklin was baptized. It was there that Franklin's father told FOX 9 News he just wants to know what happened to his son.

Police confirm Franklin was shot multiple times in what investigators describe as an intense physical altercation inside a home on Bryant Avenue South.

"I just feel like my mom and Terrence's dad deserve some answers. We all deserve answers," said Franklin's step-sister, Shea O'Neil. "Terrence was a good kid. He loved his mom, and this is the worst Mother's Day present to anybody. He didn't deserve this at all."

Police have released some specifics, saying Franklin ran from officers through the south Minneapolis neighborhood before breaking into a home; however, it is unclear whether he was armed or how the two officers were shot in the struggle.

Minneapolis police did say that Franklin "tried to gain control" of an officer's MP-5 machine gun, but went no further. It is possible that rounds from that weapon were the ones that struck the two officers on Friday.

"The story keeps changing, changing and changing," Franklin's uncle, James Walton, told FOX 9 News. "It's changed so many times; I don't know what to believe. It's like, which one of the stories are true?"

On Sunday, friends, family members and fellow bikers gathered at the intersection of 26th and Blaisdell to remember Ivan Romero and pray for his girlfriend, who was a passenger on his motorcycle at the time of the collision and was not wearing a helmet.

Some reports say the squad car ran a red light while responding to the shooting scene a full 30 minutes after Franklin was killed, but all police have said so far is that it appears the squad was traveling "well below the posted speed limit" with its lights and siren activated.

"It was disturbing when I first heard it, and as more evidence comes out that just says all these things, it gets harder which each thing that comes out," Roman said.

When FOX 9 News spoke with a public information officer before airing this story, officials said they had no new information to share.

Officer Michael Meath was released from the Hennepin County Medical Center on Sunday, but Officer Ricardo Muro remains hospitalized in satisfactory condition. Romero's girlfriend is also reportedly in satisfactory condition as well.

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