Police fatally shot a theft and carjacking suspect who led officers on a high-speed chase from Blaine to Isanti County on Sunday afternoon.
A second suspect who was not injured was arrested, according to Blaine Police Chief Brian Podany.
A police officer was hospitalized with minor injuries. Anoka police said a K-9 named Bravo was shot and taken to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Center, where the police dog was said to be resting comfortably Monday.
Police said they responded to a call involving a possible theft at the Kohl's department store in Blaine just before 1 p.m. The two suspects had a stolen vehicle, and fled, then carjacked another vehicle at gunpoint nearby, leading police on a 40-mile high-speed chase through Anoka and Isanti counties, police said.
After the car became disabled on Hwy. 65 outside Braham, the suspects fled on foot again, exchanging gunfire with police. A gun was recovered at the scene.
No further details were available. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating.
Photos from the scene showed police vehicles surrounding the stolen pickup in snow next to the road. Its driver and passenger doors were open.
Hwy. 65 was closed in both directions between Hwy. 107 and NE. Andree Drive during the incident.
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