MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – An Anoka Police K9 was shot dead and an armed carjacking suspect is dead after a police chase that stretched 40 miles on Sunday afternoon in Isanti County ended in gunfire.
According to Blaine Police, officers first responded to a report of shoplifting at a Kohl’s just before 1 p.m. Officials soon located the suspects in a stolen car. They drove off, then ambushed a pickup truck driver at gunpoint and fled north on Highway 65.
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Blaine police chief Brian Podany says his officers followed the suspects for nearly 40 minutes before the chase ended on the highway north of Braham.
“Given the seriousness of the crime, we obviously looked into the vehicle,” said Podany.
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The suspects fled the vehicle on foot after it became obstructed and then gunfire broke out. One of the suspects was shot dead while an Anoka K9 police named Bravo was shot and injured. The dog underwent emergency surgery and is said to survive.
The other suspect was not injured and was taken into custody. Podany says one of his officers was injured at some point before the persecution began. This officer was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and is expected to recover. He also says at least one gun was recovered from the scene.
Bravo received a donated bullet and stab protection vest in 2019. It’s not clear if he was wearing them when he was shot.
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A piece of highway. 65 was closed for hours in either direction between the highway. 107 and Andree Drive Northeast. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension claims to lead the investigation, which is standard in a shootout in which an officer is involved.