UPDATE: Details on Goodhue K9 Stabbing, Suspect Identified

Shane Michael Cronin Photo: Wabasha County Jail. Shane Michael Cronin

January 06, 2017 08:24 PM

(ABC 6 News) - According to Goodhue County Sheriff Scott McNurlin the K9 officer who was stabbed Thursday night will be off duty for at least a month while he recovers.

McNurlin says officer Ambush was stabbed in the upper shoulder area with a knife, and that due to the quickly escalating situation Ambush's handler was not able to put the dog's bullet-proof vest on.


McNurlin says it's hard for officials to know whether or not the vest would have made a difference in the stabbing.  He also says Ambush likely saved the suspect's life because he believes officers may have needed to use their weapons if the suspect had tried to attack them.

A press release issued by the Wabasha County Sheriff's Office states that around 5:15 p.m. Thursday Goodhue County Sheriff's deputies began pursuing a vehicle driven by 27-year-old Shane Michael Cronin of Lake City.  Cronin had an active felony warrant for burglary.

The sheriff's office says the pursuit went through Zumbro Falls then towards Rochester with speeds ranging from 30-70 mph.  The sheriff's office says Cronin then turned on to Wabasha County 11 near the Olmsted County line and started driving towards Hammond.  About half a mile down County 11 the sheriff's office says the vehicle lost control and the suspect took off on foot.

At that time the sheriff's office says Goodhue County released Ambush who pursued the suspect into the woods.  During a struggle Ambush bit Cronin and Cronin appeared to have stabbed Ambush.  A Wabasha County Deputy was also bit by Ambush during the struggle.

The sheriff's office says after the struggle with Ambush deputies pursued Cronin further into the woods where he was found up in a tree with no clothes on.

Cronin was treated at St. Mary's and then transported to Wabasha County Jail where he's being held and charged for fleeing an officer, kill or harm to a public safety dog and possession of a controlled substance.

The deputy who was bit received stitches at St. Marys and has been released.

Ambush was seen at treated at a Rochester veterinarian clinic and is expected to make a full recovery.

Olmsted County Sheriff's Office says they believe the car found on County 11 could be the same vehicle involved in a chase in Stewartville earlier Thursday afternoon.

The Sheriff's office says a deputy spotted a car with suspicious license plates near the 400 block of 6th Ave. SW around 1:36 p.m., after running the plates the deputy discovered they were expired.

According to the sheriff's office the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver did not pull over.  Instead the the sheriff's office says the vehicle began speeding, ran a stop sign and drove down the wrong way down a one way street.  The deputy discontinued the chase at the Mower County line.


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