Updated: February 26, 2021 07:23 PM
Created: February 26, 2021 10:05 AM
An outpouring of grief around the community as news spread about the death of K-9 Luna. Police said she was shot and killed by a domestic assault suspect, during an incident that started Thursday night in Lincoln Park.
"Luna was beautiful, smart, and fierce. But she was also loving," shared Robbin Champaigne, president of the Amsoil Northland Law Enforcement K-9 Foundation.
Her arrival to the Duluth Police Department was a new beginning after another tragic loss. She joined in June of 2019, about five months after K-9 Haas died in the line of duty. The two had the same handler, Officer Aaron Haller. Champaigne told us, "Luna was hand selected for Aaron from the St. Paul Academy. They had a special place for her in their hearts as well."
FROM 2019: Remembering K-9 Haas
The Northland K-9 Foundation posted this on Facebook: "We take comfort knowing that K-9 Luna protected her partner, Officer Haller, and other officers at the scene. K-9 Luna was just three years old, and she held a special place in our hearts. Our prayers and thoughts are with Officer Haller, his family, our law enforcement community and all who loved K-9 Luna. Her endless enthusiasm for work and play brought joy and hope to so many of us."
Champaigne said there a couple of things you can do to provide support, including sending thoughts and prayers. "It's time to come together for the officers and show them we appreciate their work, which they do every day and is very difficult."
You can also help them financially support the K-9s. There are 13 among 5 agencies.
In June of last year, she received a bullet and stab resistant vest, thanks to the work of Vested Interest in K9s. It had the inscription on it, "In Memory of K-9 Haas."
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