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Wisconsin man charged in chase that ended with police fatally shooting suspect

The suspect who was shot has also been identified.

A man who was allegedly involved in a police chase over the weekend that ended with police fatally shooting his alleged accomplice and a K9 being wounded has been charged. 

Joseph Heroff, 26, of Hammond, Wisconsin, is charged with first-degree aggravated robbery and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle in connection to the Feb. 21 pursuit.

On Tuesday, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) identified the suspect who was killed by police as Dominic Lucas Koch, 27, of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.

According to the criminal complaint, Blaine police officers at 12:57 p.m. on Feb. 21 responded to a shoplifting report at Kohl's at 10311 Baltimore St. in Blaine. 

Heroff and Koch were leaving the parking lot in a white Jeep Compass. Officers "quickly located" the vehicle and attempted to stop it, but they fled into an adjacent parking lot, where officers used a PIT maneuver to stop the vehicle, charges say.

Heroff and Koch then fled on foot across a frozen drainage pond toward a nearby gym, where they carjacked a pickup truck and fled north on Highway 65, the complaint states.

The police chase ended near Braham in Isanti County, where Heroff was taken into custody, charges say. 

The complaint just says the other suspect was "pronounced dead at the scene near Braham." The complaint doesn't identify Koch nor does it include details about how he was shot by police. 

Investigators spoke with Heroff, who said he and Koch were inside Kohl's when Koch decided to shoplift, charges say. Heroff said he told Koch not to do it, and then went and waited in the car.

A short time later, Heroff said Koch came running out of the store with a cart full of merchandise. Heroff said he was driving and fled from the police that arrived at the store, charges say.

When they got to the gym parking lot, Koch brandished a gun and ordered the two people in the pickup truck to get out, Heroff said, according to the complaint. Then Koch drove the truck the rest of the way. 

Police also spoke to the driver of the pickup truck that was carjacked, saying he and his 9-year-old daughter were waiting in his truck to go to a birthday party when two men, one with a gun, demanded they get out, charges say.

Heroff made his first court appearance on Tuesday, where his bail was set at $500,000 with no conditions. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 15, the Anoka County Attorney's Office said

The Blaine Police Department is leading the investigation into what happened before the police shooting. The BCA is investigating the police shooting. 

The BCA has not yet identified the officers who discharged their weapons. There is body camera and dash camera video of the incident. 

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