Skip to main content

Boreal Community Media

K-9 shot, suspect dead after pursuit in Isanti County

Feb 22, 2021 05:42AM ● By Editor

Watch the latest KSTP-TV report here

Photo: KSTP-TV

From KSTP-TV - February 22, 2021

Officials say a carjacking and pursuit that started in Blaine and ended in Isanti County left a suspect dead and a K-9 wounded after shots were fired.

Blaine Police Chief Brian Podany said the pursuit started with a theft call at the Kohl's on the 10300 block of Baltimore Street Northeast. Officers found a suspect and a stolen vehicle, but the suspects then fled the area.

One of the suspects, armed with a gun, then carjacked a separate vehicle at a nearby business. Police found the suspect and then began a pursuit northbound on Highway 65.

The chase ended at Highway 65 and Highway 107 near Braham, Minnesota, when the suspect vehicle became disabled, Podany said. Two suspects got out of the stolen vehicle and started fleeing on foot.

One woman who was nearly hit by the suspects during the chase told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the vehicle was "going extremely fast. And, it's like, holy cow, he's coming straight at me and I don't have any place to go."

Podany said shots were fired, and bullets hit the K-9 and one of the suspects. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. The other suspect was taken into custody with no injuries.

In a post on Facebook, the Anoka Police Department confirmed a K-9 named Bravo had suffered multiple gunshot wounds and is currently in surgery. At last check, the K-9 was in stable condition.

An officer who responded to the incident in Blaine was taken to the hospital with what are believed to be minor injuries, Podany said.

Highway 65 was closed in both directions between Highway 107 and Andree Drive Northeast while the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) investigated.

The BCA reported it was unclear who shot first between police and suspects; that remains part of the ongoing investigation.

To see more on this breaking story and read related reporting, follow this link to the KSTP-TV website.