A K9 stabbing suspect has been fatally shot by Roseville police officers, and now the entire episode is being investigated by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), pertaining to Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety.
On Wednesday, February 10, at approximately 10 p.m., concerned neighbors called 911, reporting a supposed domestic dispute that was occurring in an apartment from the 1600 block of the West Country Road B, in Roseville.
Apparently, the building’s residents had heard extremely loud pounding noises accompanied by yelling and deafening expletives, coming from the third floor, and had feared that someone was being attacked or battered.
Shortly after arriving at the scene of the alleged assault, first responders managed to communicate with a man located inside the apartment, but after a little while the person stopped responding to their inquiries. As a result, law enforcement decided that the best course of action was to gain entry into the apartment by force.
Five officers and a police dog stepped into the flat, and eventually found the suspect holed up in a closet, while gripping a long-bladed kitchen knife.
As revealed by Rick Mathwig, Roseville’s Police Chief, upon being discovered, the man lunged at the k9 officer, stabbing it in the jaw. That is when police officers fired their weapons, fatally shooting the assailant.
Following the man’s death, police officers searched the apartment and discovered that the homeowner had been alone all along, and that neighbors had wrongly assumed that someone was being physically abused.
Apparently, the man who committed the K9 stabbing was 52 years old, and had been known to suffer from psychiatric issues. Also, as revealed by representatives of the Roseville Police Department, law enforcement had been called at the residence on other occasions as well, following complaints received from the man’s neighbors.
As the police shooting is being probed into by the Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the 5 officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave (receiving payments and benefits as before).
Apparently, the man killed in the dispute never managed to injure any of these police agents, and authorities are now trying to determine if the shooting was yet another case of police brutality, or if procedures were closely followed, and there was simply no other possibility to subdue the suspect in another way.
Meanwhile, the police dog that was the victim of the K9 stabbing has received medical care for its wounds at the University of Minnesota’s Veterinary Medical Center, and it is believed that it will soon make a full recovery.
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