A high-speed police chase that started in Blaine and ended just south of Braham concluded with shots being fired by both the suspect and law enforcement, resulting in an Anoka K-9 officer being wounded and one of the two suspects being declared dead at the scene. Another officer, from an unknown agency, was hospitalized due to injuries associated with the initial incident in Blaine.
According to a press release from the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office, at 12:58 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21, officers with the Blaine Police Department responded to a theft call at the cluster of stores located on Baltimore Street NE. Upon arrival, the suspects allegedly stole one vehicle and then carjacked another at gun point after the first vehicle was disabled by law enforcement.
The suspects drove onto Highway 65, and at that point, a high-speed pursuit commenced. This pursuit continued north on Highway 65 through Anoka and Isanti County, with speeds eclipsing 100 miles-per-hour before the suspects’ vehicle was disabled in the median of the Highway 65/Highway 107 intersection, whereupon the suspects fled on foot and shots were fired, striking an Anoka Police Department K-9 named Bravo.
Officers first on the scene responded by firing their weapon(s), striking and killing one of the suspects. The other suspect was apprehended without further incident.
As of Monday morning, Feb. 22, the Anoka Police Department reported Bravo was “resting comfortably” at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center while awaiting surgery.
According to the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office press release, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehensive is conducting an investigation into the shooting, with the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office co-investigating the shooting portion with the BCA. As of this edition of the News going to press, the identities of the officer(s) who discharged their weapon(s) has not been released.
Agencies involved include the Blaine, Anoka, Coon Rapids, Spring Lake Park, Braham, and Isanti Police Departments; Anoka and Isanti County Sheriff’s Office; Minnesota State Patrol; along with the Braham Fire Department.