K9 Ranger

K9 Ranger

Forest Lake Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Wednesday, February 8, 2017


K9 Ranger suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after conducting an apprehension of a subject following a pursuit involving in the Minnesota State Patrol.

The vehicle pursuit ended in Forest Lake and the subject attempted to flee again in the area of U.S. Route 61 and Minnesota Route 97. K9 Ranger was released and performed an apprehension on the subject, who was then taken into custody.

Ranger began showing signs of a medical emergency after being placed back into his handler's vehicle. He was taken to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center, in St. Paul, where he died shortly before 1:00 am.

K9 Ranger was obtained from the Czech Republic and had served with the Forest Lake Police Department for seven years. He worked as an apprehension and narcotics detection dog.


  • Breed German Shepherd
  • Gender Male
  • Age 9
  • Tour 7 years

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Incident Date Tuesday, February 7, 2017
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Apprehended

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Our thoughts are with the men and women who have grown close to and worked with this special member of your agency.

Thomas H. Kelly Jr., ASAC
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 12, 2017

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