Identities Released After Fugitive Killed in St. Paul
Authorities have identified Alden Patrick Anderson as the fugitive killed by police after officers say he fatally stabbed a police K-9 in a St. Paul house.
Anderson, 32, of St. Louis, was wanted on suspicion of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to the St. Paul police. Police learned that Anderson was at the home on the 700 block of Aurora Street.
St. Paul police and Ramsey County deputies searched the home Tuesday at about 1:10 p.m. with members of the U.S. Marshals North Star Fugitive Task Force.
Authorities say they found the man in the basement armed with a knife. They sent police K-9 officer Kody in to retrieve him. Kody was stabbed multiple times, and died.
Police then began firing at the suspect, killing him. No one else was hurt.
St. Paul officer Jeffrey Thissen, a 10-year veteran on the force, was among the officers who fired at Anderson, police say. Thissen has been placed on administrative leave, which department officials say is procedural.
Two other officers who fired at Anderson are U.S. Marshal deputy marshals. A U.S. Marshal spokeswoman said the agency does not reveal the identities of its deputy marshals, according to federal policy. They are, however, locally stationed in Minnesota.
Willie Graham, a relative of the suspect, told KSTP that his nieces and nephews live at the home. But Graham didn't know who police were searching for.
St. Paul police say it has been a couple of years since a K-9 officer has died in the line of duty. The last K-9 to die was Laser with Officer Tim Jones.
Kody was 9 years old and had been with the department for seven years. His handler was Officer David Longbehn.
Back in 2010, Longbehn shot and killed the suspect who killed Maplewood Police Sgt. Joe Bergeron.
Mayor Chris Coleman released the following statement Tuesday: "My heart goes out to Officer Longbehn and his family as they cope with the loss of Kody. Kody was Officer Longbehn's eyes and ears on the front line and served Dave, the Saint Paul Police Department, and our city with honor for seven years. K-9 dogs take on whatever task is asked of them, oftentimes amidst the worst of circumstances. I thank him for his sacrifice for the city, I am thankful for the safety of Officer Longbehn and other officers involved in this incident, and I will remember Kody fondly as a good partner and companion for Officer Longbehn and the City of Saint Paul."