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10-09-07, 08:41 PM #1
St. Paul PD K9 Shot; Still Slows Suspect
This chase went right by my department. I'll have to ask tonight if anyone of our guys were in the chase.
Chase ends in crash and shooting
A wild evening for some St. Paul police officers and residents of the Chicago Avenue/Minnehaha Parkway neighborhood after a man leads police on a chase that ends with a shooting.
The chase began near Highway 5 when St. Paul police pulled a man over for a narcotics related incident. The suspect fled, heading west on 494. The suspect then took the Highway 77 north into the Lake Nokomis area where he went west on Minnehaha Parkway.
He was finally stopped near the Parkway and Chicago Avenue when he hit an SUV.
The fleeing driver then fired at police, hitting a police dog. Rico was still able to slow the man down as police fired back, hitting the suspect.
Conditions of the suspect, the injured SUV driver and Rico have not been released.The views expressed in the above post are the sole opinion of the author and do not reflect any official position by the author's employer and/or municipality.
10-09-07, 08:41 PM #2
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10-10-07, 02:05 AM #3
Amen to that! Just shows the K-9's got a lot of heart and want to protect their officers.
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10-10-07, 02:07 AM #4
Terrible, but awesome.
thats what its all about right there.
Hope the maggot burns in hellYEAH, IM THE BERRIES, AND CHERRIES IN YOUR REAR VIEW MIRROR.
Handle every stressful situation like a dog.
Eat it, Play with it, or piss on it, and walk away!
As smart as man is, we haven't been able to invent a machine that can smell drugs or tell us where a person has walked,” Dogs are sophisticated investigative tools!
10-10-07, 05:29 AM #5
None of our officers were involved. The chase happened so fast that they were almost past us when it went onto the statewide channel.
Updated story http://www.twincities.com/allheadlines/ci_7131744
A suspected drug dealer fleeing arrest shot a St. Paul police dog as it bit and dragged him to the ground, ending a car and foot chase that stretched from St. Paul into Minneapolis on Tuesday evening.
The suspect, who fled after St. Paul police tried to arrest him on suspicion of drug possession, was shot twice by the police dog's handler. The suspect had just fled his crashed pickup truck after colliding with an occupied SUV near the corner of Chicago Avenue and Minnehaha Parkway, where police cars converged within minutes.
St. Paul police spokesman Tom Walsh declined to identify the suspect, saying only that he had a criminal record that included a $100,000 warrant for his arrest on a charge of drug possession with intent to distribute.
The dog, Rico - a multiyear veteran of the force - was taken to the University of Minnesota's veterinary hospital after being shot two times. Police officials said the dog, a German shepherd, was expected to survive.
The lone occupant of the SUV, who was not identified, was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries, police said.
The suspect also was taken to the medical center for treatment of gunshot wounds to his hand and buttocks, as well as various other injuries from the crash and Rico's assault.
The chase began about 6 p.m. when the suspect arrived at a parking lot near the corner of Davern and West Seventh streets with another man in the passenger seat of his pickup. Police
were waiting for him.
Walsh said that as the officers tried to arrest the man, he took off. Walsh declined to comment further on the arrest, including how it had been set up.
The man led St. Paul and later Minneapolis police officers on a chase across the Mississippi River, including a stretch of Minnesota 5 and Interstate 494, before turning northward into the upscale residential neighborhood along Minnehaha Creek.
As he sped west on East Minnehaha Parkway, police said, the man rammed a Chevy Suburban just east of Chicago Avenue. He fled on foot toward an alley to the northeast, firing a pistol as he went.
The St. Paul officer and his police dog were apparently the first to jump from their cars and give chase, the officer returning fire as the K-9 closed in on the man. At least five shots were fired by the officer and suspect, before the wounded K-9 took the man to the ground, police said.
"It kept on biting. ... The dog simply didn't let go," Walsh said.
After the takedown, the man and his companion were taken into custody as other officers rushed upon the scene.
Walsh would not release the identity of the officer involved in the shooting, saying only that he was at least a 10-year veteran. The officer will be on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.
Rico joined the force in 2004, when he was 14 months old, after being imported from the Czech Republic. At the time, the dog was partnered with officer David Longbehn, who joined the force in 1984.
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Last edited by gopherpuckfan; 10-10-07 at 05:31 AM. Reason: Added infoThe views expressed in the above post are the sole opinion of the author and do not reflect any official position by the author's employer and/or municipality.
10-10-07, 06:02 AM #6
Long live RICO..... speedy recovery buddy, thanks for protecting our brothers and sisters.
As for dirt bag..... slow drawn out painful death!
10-10-07, 08:45 AM #7
I'll bet he had "Various other injuries". Man is lucky to still be breathing.the sole advantage of power is that you can do more good.
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10-10-07, 08:46 AM #8
10-10-07, 08:48 AM #9
Good job, Rico! Good boy, good boy! Recover soon.
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
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10-10-07, 08:51 AM #10
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