Police executing a search warrant in St. Paul on Thursday fatally shot a dog after officers reported it charged at them. Soon after, police found a pipe bomb in the Frogtown home’s basement and evacuated surrounding residences as a precaution.
The St. Paul police bomb squad determined the pipe bomb was inert, according to Sgt. Mike Ernster, a St. Paul police spokesman.
Officers arrested two women on suspicion of felony drug possession when the warrant was being executed on Charles Avenue near Milton Street.
Minneapolis police said they obtained the search warrant for a narcotics investigation. Controlled substances and a firearm were located, according to a Minneapolis police report.
The St. Paul police SWAT team was assisting with the warrant just after 4 p.m. Thursday when they approached the home and a woman appeared at the door with two dogs, Ernster said.
Officers identified themselves and told her not to let the dogs into the yard, he said.
“She disregarded the officers’ commands and sent the dogs into the yard,” Ernster said Friday. “One of them, a pit bull, charged directly at officers.” An officer shot and killed the dog.
Police arrested Molly Kaitlin Bruer, 33, who lives at the address that police were searching, and Lauren Lee Evans, 27, of Minneapolis. They have not been charged.