A chaotic scene erupted in Minneapolis as protesters gathered at an apartment building where a 20-year-old black man was shot by police after he fired into the residence of a mother of two who was preparing dinner for her children at the time.
In another incident that has stirred passions in a city still deeply affected by the fatal 2020 encounter between George Floyd and police that set off violent riots, police snipers brought an end to the potentially murderous rampage of Andrew “Tekle” Sundberg who engaged in an hours-long standoff with officers that ended with his death on Thursday morning.
Predictably, despite Sundberg’s “mental health crisis” which could have resulted in multiple deaths other than his own, he has been portrayed as the victim, being sanctified by the Minneapolis chapter of Black Lives Matter and others who showed up at the scene of his demise. But the mother who barely escaped his bullets was having none of it, angrily confronting demonstrators whom she told “he tried to kill me,” which was all captured on video that has since gone viral.
“This is not a George Floyd situation. George Floyd was unarmed. This is not okay,” Arabella Foss-Yarbrough, yelled at protesters on Saturday.
Arabella Foss-Yarbrough, who survived the shooting from Andrew Tekle Sundberg argued with protesters to go home.
“He tried to kill me in front of my kids!…There’s bullet holes in my kitchen!—”
“—Not in you though!”
— Rebecca Brannon (@RebsBrannon) July 17, 2022
Foss-Yarbrough was the troubled young man’s neighbor, telling Fox 9 Minneapolis that he “shot up her apartment” on Wednesday evening as she was cooking for her sons, 2 and 4 years old, telling the outlet that “the bullets ripped through her apartment, and nearly left her family dead or injured.”
Arabella Yarbrough says she thought she and her 2 kids were going to die Wed. night, after she says Tekle Sundberg fired these shots through her apt. She says she called police. Sundberg was shot and killed by MPD ending a 6hr standoff. More on this, tonight at 10. @kare11 pic.twitter.com/4x0ITgBkoZ
— Deevon Rahming (@DeevonRahming) July 17, 2022
“My kids have to deal with this and probably have a mental illness now because they almost lost their lives. There’s bullet holes in my kitchen because he sat in the f**ing hallway watching me move,” the emotional mom said to the protesters. “He tried to kill me in front of my kids.”
“I have Black children; I am a woman of color!” a local news outlet reported that Foss-Yarbrough who is of black, white and Native American descent said to the protesters. “If I would have lost my life, would you guys do this for me?”
As is typically the case with exploiting police shootings of young black men where there is bank to be made, racial ambulance-chasing lawyer Ben Crump swooped in, posting a video of Sundberg’s parents on Twitter.
Minneapolis Police Department officers gave their PROMISE to Tekle Sundberg's parents that their son's mental health crisis would NOT end in a shooting… Still, the officers denied Tekle's dad's pleas to talk to him during the hours-long standoff & ultimately fatally shot Tekle. pic.twitter.com/RdZMv1zOOb
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) July 16, 2022
“This crisis could have been deescalated with no lives lost!” Crump. whose legal work on behalf of George Floyd’s family landed them a massive $27 million settlement tweeted.
This crisis could have been deescalated with no lives lost!
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) July 16, 2022
“My heart goes out to that woman,” Sundberg’s father Mark told Fox 9. “She went through a very traumatic event with those bullets coming through her house.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Foss-Yarbrough who lost her job after the incident.
“Hi everyone, I’m raising money for my younger sister Arabella Foss-Yarbrough and her two young boys, ages 4 & 2 after learning her job terminated her today. She spent hours the prior night behind police holding her small children tightly after narrowly escaping her apartment as her neighbor who lived across the hall stalked her movement through the wall and opened gunfire into her apartment. He had been harassing her and stalking her for months. The 6 hour stand off with the man and the MPD ultimately ended in his death on July 14th 2022,” wrote Ashley Foss, her sister
“Her apartment is a crime scene. She is not allowed to retrieve anything even with police escort. She now has no job, no identification, wallet, clothes for her self or children. My little sister is strong but she is breaking and needs more help than our family can provide at this time so I’m reaching out to the community. Anything would help so she can at least cover her standing bills while she gains new employment and focuses on her and the boys mental and emotional health,” the GoFundMe page which had raised over $35,000 as of Sunday night read.
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