Attorney: Anoka police K-9 Bravo 'likely saved lives' after carjacking

Jay Kolls
Updated: March 01, 2021 10:45 PM
Created: March 01, 2021 08:43 PM

Kevin Short, the attorney for Anoka Police Officer Jake Sorteberg, told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Sorteberg’s partner, Anoka police K-9 Bravo, “played a critical role in this situation and very nearly saved everyone’s lives.”

“Bravo was restraining the suspect, who had momentarily dropped his weapon and then recovered the weapon and fired a shot directly into Bravo’s neck,” Short said. “I believe the suspect then turned the gun on other officers at the scene.”

UPDATE: Suspect who fatally shot K9, barricaded self in Duluth dead, BCA says

The BCA said the suspect lead police on a high-speed chase after an armed carjacking at a Blaine retail store which ended near Braham on Highway 65 on Feb. 21.

The suspect, identified as 27-year-old Dominic Koch of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, died at the scene from gunshot wounds, according to the BCA.

Short said he has viewed dashboard and body camera video, which appears to show Koch leaving his stolen vehicle, which crashed into the median. Then he pointed his weapon at another car on the highway in an apparent attempt to carjack another vehicle.

“It was at that moment when the vehicle strikes the suspect that his weapon is dislodged, and Bravo then attempts to restrain him,” said Short. “Unfortunately, the suspect was able to retrieve the gun, and that is when he was able to fire a shot into Bravo’s neck, slightly hitting his trachea and nicking some vertebrae.”

K-9 recovering after being shot during pursuit in Isanti County

Short said Sorteberg is doing as well as can be expected. He also said Bravo is making a good recovery, and the “hope is he will be back on the job in the coming months.”

The BCA is expected to finish its investigation into the shooting within the next 60 days.

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