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Officers involved in Roseville police shooting IDed; stabbed K-9 recovering

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A state agency is investigating after Roseville police shot and killed a 52-year-old who authorities say stabbed a K-9 officer in the head.

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The officer-involved shooting happened at an apartment complex at 1610 County Road B in Roseville, around 10 p.m. Wednesday.

They'd been called there after other building residents said they heard profanities being yelled, and items being thrown at the wall in an apartment.

According to a news release sent out by Roseville Police Thursday afternoon:

Officers on the scene decided to forcibly enter the apartment after hearing an "agitated and distressed" sounding male inside, who initially told authorities he was fine but refused to open the door, began talking to himself, then stopped responding. Police also discovered an active misdemeanor warrant the suspect had.

Officers announced they were entering then began searching, when K-9 officer Otis alerted officers to a closet.

They ordered the man to surrender – the suspect then opened the closet door and stabbed Otis with an 8- to 10-inch kitchen knife.

Officers – "fearing for their life and the life of the canine" – fired their weapons, and the suspect fell to the floor. They attempted life-saving measures, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The two officers involved in the shooting were identified as:

  • K9 Officer John Jorgensen – an 18-year veteran.
  • Officer Kyle Eckert – a four-year veteran.

They have been placed on three-day standard administrative leave, according to the release. Three other officers who witnessed the shooting were also placed on leave.

Otis was examined at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Hospital and suffered non-life threatening injuries. He's been released, and is recovering at home with his handler, Jorgensen.

The man has not been identified by authorities, but the news release says the Roseville Police Department has had four previous contacts with the man within the past nine months.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is leading the investigation.

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