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UPDATE: Goodhue County K-9 injured by fleeing suspect

K-9 Ambush (photo courtesy the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office)

A Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office K-9 was injured Thursday evening, Jan. 5 by a fleeing suspect in Wabasha County who later was found up a tree with no clothes on, authorities said.

The K-9, Ambush, sustained what appeared to be a stab wound in a struggle with the man after he crashed his vehicle and fled into some woods on Wabasha County Road 11 near the Olmsted County line, according to a Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office news release Friday. The suspect, who was bitten by the dog, allegedly continued into the woods and was found clothesless up a tree. The temperature was reportedly below zero at the time of the incident.

Ambush was taken to a Rochester veterinarian and is expected to make a full recovery. A Wabasha County deputy also was bitten by the K-9 in the altercation and received stitches.

Goodhue County authorities began pursuing the man, who had an active felony warrant for burglary, after 5 p.m. Thursday, according to the news release. The chase, which reached speeds of 70 mph, proceeded into Wabasha County near Mazeppa before continuing on U.S. Highway 63 toward Rochester. The suspect then allegedly turned onto Wabasha County Road 11 toward Hammond and lost control of his vehicle after about half a mile.

The suspect was taken to Wabasha County Jail on charges of fleeing a peace officer, harming a public safety dog and possession of a controlled substance, the news release states.

Audio from the incident can be heard on the website MN Police Clips here:

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Kit Murray

Kit Murray joined Red Wing Republican Eagle in Aug. 2016, covering government, transportation and public safety. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in photojournalism and philosophy. 

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