|Death: ||Aug. 26, 1994|
Laser, Fallen K-9 Police Dog
Laser was a highly trained K-9 police dog assigned to the award-winning police canine unit at St. Paul, Minnesota. His dog handler and partner Officer Timothy James Jones had the day off when on the morning of August 26, 1994, fellow Officer Ron Ryan Jr. responded to what appeared to be a routine "slumper" call. A complaint had been received about a man sleeping in a car in a church parking lot on the east side of St. Paul. Officer Ryan approached the vehicle and woke the sleeper, who then identified himself as Guy Harvey Baker. As Officer Ryan was returning to his patrol car to check the suspect's identification, Baker shot him from behind with a gun he had hidden underneath his coat. The suspect, who had a warrant for his arrest, then took Officer Ryan's gun and shot him several more times. Officer Ryan was rushed to a hospital but died of his wounds. The suspect fled the scene, triggering a massive manhunt as he was pursued by St. Paul police officers with their highly trained K-9 dogs. Among them was Officer Jones, who had volunteered to help search for Baker with his K-9 partner, Laser. Baker began making circular trails and sprinkled lighter fluid across his trail to try to confuse his scent for the police dogs he knew would be tracking him. He also left bits of clothing scattered around in an attempt to confuse the officers. While working his way north, he came upon an ice fishing shack which sat on skids, allowing Baker to crawl up underneath and slide up inside without unlocking the door from the outside. While he was hiding in the shack, Laser picked up his scent. When Officer Jones and Laser approached the shack, Baker shot and killed Officer Jones with Officer Ryan's gun. Baker left the fish house and as he stood over Officer Jones, Laser, who may have already been hit, attacked him to apprehend him. Baker shot Laser four times and then took Officer Jones' service weapon. As he was leaving the area, he observed that Laser was still trying to crawl after him.
Baker was later apprehended by officers while hiding underneath a pile of lumber and rubbish near the porch of a house.
Laser died of his wounds and three days later his ashes were buried with his partner, Officer Tim Jones, at Elmhurst Cemetery, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Guy Harvey Baker, a Gulf War veteran and drifter, pled guilty to the murders of Officers Ryan and Jones. He is serving out his sentence of two terms of life imprisonment without parole.
In November 1997, the St. Paul police canine unit dedicated its training facility to Officer Tim Jones and Laser. The facility is located at 1900 Rice Street in Maplewood, and is now the St. Paul Canine Unit Timothy J. Jones Training Facility.
Created by: Cindy K. Coffin
Record added: Mar 07, 2009
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