Armed suspect shoots, kills police K9 in Duluth

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A police K9 in Duluth, MN, was shot and killed during a standoff with an armed suspect on Thursday night. As reported by KWWL News, police responded to a domestic report and learned that the suspect had a felony – the man refused to surrender.

K9 Luna was shot after being deployed to help apprehend the suspect. Early Friday morning, the police department recounted the situation:

Upon arrival, officers learned the male suspect had felony warrants and refused to surrender. K9 Luna was sent in to apprehend the suspect, at which point the suspect fired shots and hit K9 Luna. Officers returned fire, retreated from the residence, and set up a perimeter to contain the scene.

Adding:

K9 Luna later died at the emergency veterinary clinic. No officers were injured.

The Northland K9 Foundation issued a statement following word that Luna had died:

Our hearts hurt beyond words as we grapple with the horrible news of the shooting death overnight of Duluth Police K-9 Luna. We, like so many of you, are awaiting further details but recognize the need for patience as the stand-off situation that led to her death is still an active one.

Adding:

We take comfort knowing that K-9 Luna protected her partner, Officer Haller, and other officers at the scene. K-9 Luna was just three years old (her birthday was earlier this month), and she held a special place in our hearts. She’s been with the Duluth Police Department since June of 2019, purchased following the tragic death of K-9 Haas earlier that year.
Our prayers and thoughts are with Officer Haller, his family, our law enforcement community and all who loved K-9 Luna.

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