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Bloomington Man Behind Bars After Shooting At Officer

Last updated on Thursday, December 20, 2018

(BLOOMINGTON) - A man who fired three shots at a Bloomington Police officer before turning the gun on himself is now behind bars.

Police arrested 20-year-old Thomas Flinn on charges of attempted murder, criminal recklessness and carrying a handgun without a license. Flinn was arrested Tuesday after being released from the hospital.

Bloomington Police officers responded to the 700 block of West 17th Street around 8:30 p.m. after a woman called 911 to report her ex-boyfriend was suicidal and planned to provoke police into killing him.

Officer Conner Dunn was the first on the scene and found Flinn standing next to his car in a parking lot. Flinn fired a semi-automatic handgun at Officer Dunn but missed striking a nearby car.

Police say Flinn then fled, running between two buildings. Dunn and other officers soon found him bleeding from his face and head from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Detectives interviewed Flinn on Tuesday, but he refused to speak to officers and requested an attorney. Upon his release, he was arrested.

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