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Chief of Police Gregory Lynn Lange | Claremont Police Department, Minnesota Claremont Police Department, Minnesota

Chief of Police

Gregory Lynn Lange

Claremont Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 5, 1988

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 16 years

Badge # 361

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Convicted of murder

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Chief Gregory Lange was shot and killed after responding to a fight between two brothers. When Chief Lange arrived the brothers turned on him and one suspect was able to gain control of Chief Lange's gun and fatally shot him. The suspects fled but were later apprehended.

The shooter was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. He was denied parole in 2002 and again in 2012. He will be eligible for parole again in 2020. His brother was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 18.5 years. He was paroled October 5, 2000. He was returned to prison in 2002 for violating his parole. Paroled again in 2003, he and two other parolees were soon caught trying to enter Mexico with a stolen car. He was returned to prison and paroled again in 2007.

Chief Lange had served in law enforcement for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and son.

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Tomorrow would have been our 46th Wedding Anniversary - hard to believe you have been gone now more years than I had known you. How proud you would be of your son, Chris, and his family - his boys and our little granddaughter. Miss you so much. Love you forever.

Sue Lange
wife
April 17, 2016

 

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