Dog killed, pipe bomb found, 2 arrested in meth search of St. Paul house

Police executing a search warrant in St. Paul on Thursday shot and killed 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. Police also found drugs and a firearm, according to a Minneapolis police report.

Officers arrested two women on suspicion of felony drug possession when the warrant was being executed on Charles Avenue near Milton Street, and prosecutors charged one of them Friday afternoon with possession of methamphetamine and cocaine.

Molly Kaitlin Bruer
Molly Kaitlin Bruer

Minneapolis police obtained search warrants after receiving information on Sunday that Molly K. Bruer, 33, and a 26-year-old man were distributing meth from Bruer’s residence in the 900 block of Charles Avenue, according to the criminal complaint against Bruer.

The St. Paul police SWAT team was assisting with the warrant. The department uses the team when warrants are being executed at places where weapons might be present, for situations involving people with gang affiliations and other circumstances that pose danger, Ernster said.

On Thursday, just after 4 p.m., the SWAT team 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.

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