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 of Police Gregory Lange was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance at 2:00 am.

Chief Lange was at home when a neighbor came to his house to notify him of the incident at the neighbor's home.

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 men beat him with a shovel and then 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, 2012, 2020, and 2023. He will be eligible for parole again in 2023. His brother was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 18.5 years. He was paroled on October 5th, 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, serving as the Chief of Police with the Claremont Police Department for over two 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

domestic, off duty

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100% No Parole for Andrew Salinas. I remember July 5th like it was yesterday. I was a teenager and my family was part of the extended Law Enforcement Family in Southern Minnesota. Sue and Chris my heart goes out to you everyday.

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