VIDEO: Cop killer: no parole

Updated: February 27, 2020 07:39 PM
Created: February 27, 2020 07:36 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) - The widow of a slain police officer, 39-year-old Gregory Lange, of Claremont, exclusively speaks to Betsy Singer about the case. 

It is a case that stunned Minnesota more than 30 years ago and ended in the state of Missouri.


In 1988, Andrew Salinas shot and killed Claremont police chief, 39-year-old Gregory Lange with Lange's service weapon.

On the fourth of July, Officer Lange responded to a domestic assault that happened across the street from his home.

When Chief Lange got there, Andrew was holding a gun to a woman's head threatening to take her to a cornfield and kill her. Chief Lange was able to get the woman and her baby to safety but Salinas' brother came from behind and attacked the chief with a shovel.

 Andrew Salinas was able to get the chief's firearm and fatally shot him twice. 

The two brothers then took officer Lange's wallet, money and stole his police cruiser, but were caught later on, in Missouri. 

The brother, Robert Salinas, pled guilty to second-degree murder and was given 21 years.  He was released in 2007. 

Andrew Salinas pled guilty to first-degree murder and received a life sentence with eligibility for parole, which was before the law changed.

Andrew had been up for parole in the past but was denied.  He attempted to escape prison in 2008 by digging his way out of Stillwater and he is now up for parole again in April.

Officer Lange left behind his wife and son. His wife, Sue Lange, has been fighting to stop the parole of the dangerous man who killed her husband more than 30 years ago. This is the third parole for Andrew Salinas. 

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