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BREAKING: BCA confirms man involved in Duluth police standoff is dead

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UPDATE: 6:04 P.M.-- The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has confirmed the man involved in Friday's 20-hour standoff is dead.

In a Twee,t the BCA writes, "The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is on the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Duluth. The subject of a standoff that began on Thursday at approximately 8:30 p.m. is deceased."

The BCA remains on scene and is investigating the incident.

Check back for further updates.

UPDATE 5:27 P.M.-- As a police standoff enters its 20th hour in Duluth's Lincoln Park neighborhood, Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension team has arrived at the scene.

A man suspected of firing at officers and shooting and killing a Duluth Police K9 has barricaded himself inside an apartment on the 2300 block of West 4th Street since at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

As of 5:30 p.m. Friday, police have not commented on the current status of the situation or the suspect.

The incident began when authorities received a report of a domestic violence call.

When they arrived, officers learned the suspect had a felony and refused to surrender.

K9 Luna was then sent in to apprehend the suspect, at which point the suspect allegedly fired shots and hit Luna.

Luna later died at the veterinary hospital.

Authorities on scene said at some point, officers returned fire, but they did not believe the suspect was hurt.

No police officers or other people were hurt.

On Friday morning, police escorted a woman from the building, but it's unclear how, if at all, she is connected to the incident.

Law enforcement from multiple different agencies spent the day Friday trying to get the man to surrender.

Our reporters on scene saw authorities, dressed in tactical gear, use flash bombs and a megaphone in their efforts.

While roads were blocked off in the area, as of Friday evening, our reporters saw some roads beginning to reopen.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


DULUTH, MN -- Duluth Police say they have removed a woman from the residence where officers are involved in an ongoing standoff with an armed and dangerous suspect, who allegedly shot and killed a police K9.

Police say a male suspect is still inside the apartment building Friday morning, which is located on the 2300 block of West 4th Street in the Linclon Park neighborhood.

The public is asked to avoid that area.

Police spokespeople say they're not sure how the woman removed from the building is connected to the incident, if at all.

Police say she was not hurt. They don't believe the suspect is injured.

The incident began around 8: 30 p.m. Thursday night when officers received a physical domestic report.

When they arrived, officers learned the suspect had a felony and refused to surrender.

K9 Luna was then sent in to apprehend the suspect, at which point the suspect allegedly fired shots and hit Luna.

Luna later died at the veterinary hospital.

K9 Luna was added to the Duluth Police Department in June 2019 after K9 Haas was killed during an officer-involved shooting in January 2019. Officer Aaron Haller handled both K9s.

Check back for updates.


DULUTH, MN-- Duluth police officers continue to navigate a standoff situation Friday morning in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

According to a press release, Duluth police officers responded to a home in the 2300 Block of W 4th Street at 8:30 p.m. Thursday night on a physical domestic report.

When they arrived, officers learned the suspect had a felony and refused to surrender.

K9 Luna was then sent in to apprehend the suspect, at which point the suspect fired shots and hit Luna.

Officers returned fire, retreated from the residence, and set up a perimeter to contain the scene.

There's no word on if the suspect is injured.

However, K9 Luna later died at the emergency veterinary clinic.

Luna is the second K9 partner Officer Haller has lost. His former partner, K9 Haas, was also killed in the line of duty just over two years ago. 

No other officers were reported to be injured.

The suspect continues to be dangerous, armed, and uncooperative.

This incident is an active, ongoing, and dangerous situation, and the public is asked to stay away from the area.

Check back here for more details.

Ryan Haff

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