FOREST LAKE, Minn. – The Forest Lake Police Department has sadly lost the service of K9 Ranger. He passed away in the line of duty after being deployed on a bad guy.
The Washington County sheriff’s office said in a news release Wednesday morning that officers made a “high risk vehicle stop” at about 11:30 p.m. near U.S. 61 and Minnesota 97 in Forest Lake.
The driver of the vehicle did not comply with police commands and a Forest Lake PSD Ranger was used to help make the arrest, according to the sheriff’s office.
“Immediately following the incident, K9 Ranger suffered a medical emergency,” the news release said.
Audio from the Minnesota Police Clips website of the incident indicated that the driver in the car being stopped had concealed his face with a bandana, refused police commands and was trying to restart the car and drive away. The audio indicated that a Taser and a police dog were used, reported twincities.com.
Just after midnight Wednesday morning, Ranger, a 95-pound, 9-year-old German shepherd, went into cardiac arrest and was taken to the emergency room of the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center in St. Paul. Sadly, attempts to resuscitate him with CPR failed. Ranger was pronounced dead at 12:36 a.m.
The Veterinary Medical Center performed an autopsy and confirmed that a cardiac arrest was the cause of death, according to a preliminary report.
In a MN Police Clips recording, a dispatcher says, “Final call for police service dog Ranger. End of watch, Wednesday, February 8, at 00:38 hours. Thank you for your seven years of service and may you rest in peace.”
The photo below was posted on the Forest Lake Police Department Facebook page Aug. 26, 2016. The caption reads, “Happy National Dog Day to our K9 Ranger! He spent today catching up on his reports in the office!”
Ranger’s handler was Officer Nick Kent of the Forest Lake Police Department. There is no doubt that Kent will sadly miss his partner.
(Graphics courtesy Rose Borisow GrafX)