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St. Paul Police K9 stabbed and killed during execution of search warrant

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K9 Officer Kody of the St. Paul Police Department (KARE11)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KARE) - A St. Paul Police K9 was stabbed and killed during the execution of a search warrant at a home in St. Paul on Tuesday.

Kody worked with Officer Dave Longbehn. He had been with St. Paul Police Department since 2005.

St. Paul police officers, along with the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshall's Office served a search warrant at a home in the 700 block of Aurora Avenue.

Police say Kody entered the home and encountered a suspect in the basement. The man started stabbing Kody. Officers then shot and killed the suspect.

Kody died at the scene.

The man who stabbed Kody is from St. Louis, Missouri, police say. He was being sought by authorities in connection to a first-degree criminal sexual conduct warrant.

Kody also was by the Longbehn's side in 2010 at the murder scene of Maplewood Police Officer Joe Bergeron.

Longbehn confronted Bergeron's murderer and nearly died when he was attacked, he fought off the attacker and shot and killed him.

Longbehn was named national officer of the year for his heroics that day. Kody never left his side.

Mayor Chris Coleman released the following statement today regarding the Kody's death.

"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."

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