Police K9 Killed Attempting To Apprehend Barricaded Gunman

 March 9, 2021

K-9 officers are trained for many different jobs. They are drug detectors, evidence finders, but most importantly, they protect their partners from harm.

A K-9 will protect his handler at all costs, even if that cost is their life.

Domestic Disturbance

In Minnesota, Duluth police officers responded to a domestic disturbance call around 8 p.m. According to KTTC, upon their arrival, officers discovered the suspect had a felony.

Due to his felony record, the suspect did not want to surrender. Officers sent in K9 Luna to retrieve the man.

Luna entered the home, and the suspect fired his weapon, hitting her. The officers around the home fired shots in return.

Retreating, the on-scene officers went to work setting up a perimeter. The woman involved was safely removed from the home. Officers discovered the suspect dead inside.

Trip to the Emergency Vet

No officers were injured in the exchange. However, Luna was. She was rushed to an emergency vet clinic for treatment. '

According to WCCO, despite the vet's best efforts, Luna did not survive her injuries. She is the second K-9 officer her handler, Officer Haller, has lost in the line of duty in the last two years.

His former partner, a K-9 named Haas, was also killed during a domestic call response. In that call, Haller himself was also shot.

Loss Felt by the Community

Officers in the department remarked how difficult the loss of the K-9 is for everyone.

“It’s rough for a department to go through that, and especially being as close to Officer Haller and K-9 Officer Luna, it’s a little more hard just being in the K-9 unit and experiencing that.”

Officer Jeremy O'Connor

According to the Duluth News Tribune, Luna was a three-year-old Dutch shepherd loved by her community and law enforcement family. She was well-loved by her handler's wife and two daughters.

Around 100 people and two dozen dogs showed their support for Luna as they lined the streets outside of the Essentia Health Duluth Heritage Sports Center, where her procession began.

One onlooker, Hannah Hadland, previously met Luna at a community event. "She was really funny, very energetic, well behaved," Hadland said.

Part of the Family

K-9 officers are just as much a part of the law enforcement family, their community, and their handler's families as officers are. Since they are deeply valued, losing a K-9's life in the line of duty is felt deeply.

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10 comments on “Police K9 Killed Attempting To Apprehend Barricaded Gunman”

    1. What is realy sad is that most municipalities spend $1000's on they incredible dogs but get cheep when it comes to bullet proof vests for the. In con communities citi=zens have taken up donations for those vests.

  1. K9 Officers are such amazing dogs.
    They are a bundle of energy and love what they do.
    Getting the bad guy is what they are Trained to do.

    Love and prayers of strength and peace to his handler/partner, the Family, and the Police Department Family.
    I know he will be missed.

    1. If you shoot a police dog or a officer then you have committed murder and you shall get the death penalty.
      You have decided your own punishment. No ifs or buts.

  2. What a brave officer. I grieve with you over Luna's loss. Anytime we loose an office of the law it is horrible to me, be it canine or human. Blessings to your Minnesota law enforcement family & especially to Luna's human home family.

  3. If you shoot a police dog or a officer then you have committed murder and you shall get the death penalty.
    You have decided your own punishment. No ifs or buts.

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