Charges filed in burglary that led to K-9 death

Chase the police dog. Photo courtesy of MPD.

Chase the police dog. Photo courtesy of MPD.

A man and a woman were charged with burglary, but not with harming the K-9.

Chase the K-9 was injured Nov. 30 when Minneapolis police responded to a burglary call at 222 Hennepin Avenue South. His handler, Eric Lukes, took him to the roof. Chase fell or jumped off the roof of the four-story building and was seriously injured. Veterinarians could not save him.

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office charged Tina Marie Gerber and Jesse Luna III with burglary. The pair had sold scrap metal in the past, according to the criminal complaint, and appeared to be removing scrap metal from the vacant commercial building on Nov. 30. They could not be charged with any crime related to the death of the police canine because state law specifies that there must be intent to injure the animal for charging.