Chief of Police Gregory Lynn Lange

Chief of Police Gregory Lynn Lange

Claremont Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Tuesday, July 5, 1988

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Gregory Lynn Lange

Chief Gregory Lange was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance.

When Chief Lange arrived and began assisting the female victim, two brothers turned on him and one suspect was able to gain control of Chief Lange's service weapon. The man fatally shot him before both fled to Missouri, where they 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.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 361

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Convicted of murder

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You've been on my mind a lot the past couple days- just had to leave a message! So many years have gone by yet I remember as if it were yesterday. You would be pleasantly surprised that I had a message from a high school kid you had actually as a paper carrier when you were Circulation Manager at the newspaper before the OPD. He thinks of you often - how about that! You did make an impact on the kids you worked with!! Love you always!

Sue Lange

August 7, 2018

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