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UPDATED: Hubbard County K-9 officer, police officer hurt responding to suicide call

The 55 pound, 2-year-old Belgian Malinois named Oakley and Hubbard County Sheriff Dan Kruchowski will be giving a demonstration Tuesday, Aug. 2, for the Night to Unite event at the Law Enforcement Center. They will be training for narcotics detection, patrol and tracking from early in the day until late. The county recently purchased Oakley from a Minnesota breeder. The county has previously had German shepherds. (Abbie Grossman / Enterprise Intern)

Hubbard County's K-9 officer suffered a broken hand trying to apprehend a suspect Tuesday night, but his dog made the collar on his own. Park Rapids police officer Justin Frette was bitten during he scuffle and required medical attention to clean the bite wound.

Officers were called to a Park Rapids location for a suicidal male.

Hubbard County K-9 Dep. Dan Kruchowski assisted police in the response.

The combative man refused orders to comply with officers, and punched Kruchowski in the head, knocking him to the ground, then allegedly kicked and bit Frette as officers tried to get the suspect to surrender a weapon.

"They were all on the ground rassling,"said Park Rapids Police Chief Terry Eilers. "Even the dog."

Oakley, the department's Belgian Malinois, then apprehended the suspect. Charges are pending against the man.

The suspect and officers were taken to St, Joseph's Area Health Services for treatment of their wounds.

The suspect has a morning court appearance.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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