Hero Down: Duluth Police K9 Haas Murdered By Domestic Violence Suspect

Duluth Police K9 Haas was fatally shot while protecting his handler and other officers at a barricade scene.

Duluth, MN – Duluth Police Department K9 Haas was fatally shot while responding to a felony-level domestic assault call on Sunday night.

The incident occurred at about 6:29 p.m. on Jan. 13 when police received a call about a domestic assault with a weapon in the 1000-block of W. Skyline Parkway, according to a press release by the Duluth Police Department.

Officers arrived on the scene and located the male suspect inside the residence.

A standoff began, and police began negotiating with the barricaded suspect, according to the press release.

After an hour of negotiations, the suspect began shooting at police.

K9 Haas and his handler, Duluth Police Officer Aaron Haller, were both struck by gunfire, the press release said.

An officer returned fire as K9 Haas died at the scene.

Officer Haller was treated and released from a local hospital later in the night, according to the Duluth police press release.

When police were able to get into the room where the suspect had been, the gunman was found deceased.

It was not clear whether the suspect had been struck by a police bullet or whether he had taken his own life, KARE reported.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will be conducting the investigation into the officer-involved shooting, according to the police department’s press release.

K9 Haas turned three years old on Jan. 5. He was a Belgian Malinois who came to the department from the Netherlands through the Northland K9 Foundation.

He was trained in patrol and narcotics detection.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with our local Law Enforcement community. Unfortunately one of the local K9s was shot in the line of duty tonight on an incident in Duluth, MN protecting his handler and other officers,” the Itasca County Sheriff's Office posted on their official Facebook page. “Rest Easy Haas. Run free over the rainbow bridge. Your sacrifices will never be forgotten!”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Duluth Police Department and Officer Aaron Haller on the loss of K9 Haas.

Rest easy, hero. Your life mattered.

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Rest in peace, K9 Haas. Your sacrifice on the behalf of others will not be forgotten. Your officer will join you someday at the end of the Rainbow Bridge where you will be waiting patiently for him. Until then, play with the other K9s also waiting for their officers. Thank you for your service. Condolences to Officer Haller and prayers that he will recover soon.


More tears--for Officer Haller & his family as well as the Duluth PD on the tragic loss of K9 Haas! We once fostered a K9 from the Duluth PD until he was adopted--a beautiful, well-trained narcotics dog. Still feel a bond with that department because of that great dog. Many, many thoughts & prayers are with you! Rest easy, K9 Haas! Time to romp with all your fellow K9s who watch over us from heaven!


Happy the scumbag is dead yet very sad that K9 Haas died. My heart and prayers go out to everyone.


I am not what anyone would call a dog lover. I like them and some are great and some are cute and some are beautiful, but I don't yearn for a dog. But I find myself crying over the deaths of these loyal K9 dogs almost every time I read that one has been killed. I'm so sorry for the handler, who will miss his partner forever.


Why was the K9 even out of the patrol car ? The asshole was barricaded.