By Jennifer Mayerle

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Brooklyn Park Police officer is in the hospital with very serious head injuries after falling through an attic floor Tuesday night.

The accident happened around 7 p.m. in Rogers while the officer was trying to help police arrest a man wanted for assault. The man was wanted for allegedly beating two men with a baseball bat at the Mud Rally this past weekend.

Rogers police had been helping out Aikin County with this case for a couple of days.

The investigation led them to the suspect at a home on Superior Drive.

When they arrived, the person who answered the door didn’t cooperate.

Authorities forced their way inside the house and called other agencies for backup. They managed to get a woman and three small children safely out of the home.

They learned the suspect was hiding in the attic and police made their way upstairs. However, things didn’t go exactly as planned when officers tried to arrest the suspect.

The Rogers Police Chief said a Brooklyn Park canine officer lost his balance and fell.

“The officer, we heard him yell that he had found the suspect. We could hear the dog in the ceiling above us and a short time later the officer plummeted through the ceiling and hit the floor in front of us,” Chief Jeff Beahen said. “Initially he was conscious and made some noises, but then went unconscious.”

The Brooklyn Park canine officer was taken outside by first responders and then airlifted to the hospital. Rogers police said he’s now conscious and alert, but confused. The canine was not injured.

As for the suspect, he was bitten by the canine but police won’t say how many times.

He was also taken to the hospital to be treated for those injuries. He will be taken into custody once he is released.

Jennifer Mayerle

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