DULUTH, MN — Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken is asking community members to support a Duluth Police Officer, as well as the Department, following a fatal shooting Sunday night.
Officer Aaron Haller was hospitalized for a gunshot wound, and his K9, Haas, was killed in action.
Police say Officer Haller, who is a four year veteran of the Duluth Police Department and a K-9 Handler for the past two years, is home resting with family.
Police were called to a home on the 1000 block of West Skyline Parkway around Sunday evening for a report of a domestic assault with a weapon.
After arriving, officials say police began negotiating with a male suspect for his arrest.
Police say after about an hour of negotiations, the suspect began firing at officers, hitting Haller, and killing Haas.
Another officer returned fire, according to police.
Police say when they were able to gain access to the room where the suspect was located, the suspect was found dead.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is leading the investigation.
Chief Tusken took to Facebook Monday morning, and said “let’s put our arms around and show our support for Officer Aaron Haller, his dedicated K9 partner Haas, and our DPD family to find peace in the days ahead.”
Haas was three years old, and police say he received 1st place honors in criminal apprehension at the annual USPCA regional trials last summer.
Enger Tower will be lit blue this week to thank and honor police, as well as K9 Officer Haas.