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Minneapolis shooting suspect, officers identified

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As details emerge about the Minneapolis police officers involved in Friday's deadly shootout, victims' families and those involved must grapple with the aftermath.

The Minneapolis Police Department identified the officers as Michael Meath, an eight-year veteran of the force and Ricardo Muro, a 12-year veteran. Both are members of the Minneapolis SWAT Team and are in "satisfactory condition" at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Hennepin County medical examiners identified the suspect who was killed in the gun fight as Terrance Franklin, 22. His parents said they're still waiting to learn what really happened on Friday afternoon in Uptown.

"We just want the truth. We want the truth and we want Terrance. I haven't seen him either, and no one's calling me back. I was supposed to get a call this morning and I haven't gotten a call at all."

In a statement Saturday night, Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau says she asking for the public's patience allowing them to do a thorough review before releasing more information.

FOX 9 News spoke to Ashley Martin, his ex-girlfriend, who also continues to look for answers amid the chaos.

"He wouldn't kill a cop. He wouldn't try. He was probably just scared. They had guns."

Martin calls Terrance by his nickname, "Mookie" The two share a son, 4-year-old Nehemiah. Martin, like so many across the city of Minneapolis, were left to wonder what sent a Friday afternoon police chase spiraling out of control.

In the end, two officers were shot, a motorcyclist was fatally injured, and the father of her child was dead, killed by police inside a Bryant Avenue S. home.

"I don't think he would try to take a police officer's gun with all those other guns pointed on him. It's dumb. Who does that?" Martin said.

On Saturday, Minneapolis police declined to comment on the investigation. The department did go to Twitter to disseminate information:

@MPD_PIO: No more info until late Mon. MPD wants to be transparent by putting out accurate information based on the investigation and evidence.

Several questions continued swirl following the chaotic and deadly episode, including whose gun fired the shots that struck the officers, if Terrance Franklin was armed, and what exactly happened in the home between Franklin and officers including a police dog sent in to try and apprehend the 22-year old?

FOX 9 News also spoke with Terrance's friend Anquanette Hollman at the shooting scene late Friday night.

"I don't know what he was thinking, to be honest, I just don't know," Hollman said.

She claims she was with Franklin when police first initially tried to arrest him.

"People make silly choices, I guess," Hollman said.

Rather than surrender, Franklin took off, first ramming a squad car, before fleeing on foot through the neighborhood and into the house on Bryant Avenue.

Police were quick to point out that Franklin has a "lengthy arrest history." While no one close to him disputes that fact, they aren't convinced he would try to attack police officers.

"He was a good person. He didn't deserve to die this way, nobody," Hollman said tearfully. "I wish he made a different choice and gave up."

While waiting for further information from police, FOX 9's Paul Blume spoke briefly with the homeowner on Bryant Avenue. He was the one who noticed the shattered window that led officers to the suspect inside. He declined to comment Saturday saying only that they were working to repair the house after a traumatic afternoon.

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