Police K9, Wanted Parolee Killed In Shootout
San Jose Mercury News via YellowBrix
April 18, 2011
PALM SPRINGS, Calif.—A man wanted for a parole violation was shot to death early Sunday after he opened fire on an officer and his police dog during a foot chase, authorities said. The officer was wounded and the canine was killed in the gunfight.
The confrontation happened at about 1:20 a.m., according to police spokeswoman Rhonda Long, who gave the following account:
A pair of officers recognized the man as a wanted parole violator and attempted to stop him. The suspect ran only to be captured and detained. But after a brief struggle, the suspect escaped and took off running again. At this point, one of the officers turned the police dog loose.
As the dog closed in, the suspect pulled out a gun and fired several shots—killing the animal and injuring the officer, who said the wound to his right side came from a slug that was deflected by his bulletproof vest, which very likely saved his life.
The other officer suffered a minor hand injury during the struggle. Both were treated at a hospital and released. Their names were not released.
Long said the dog, a two-year veteran of the department, was the first K-9 officer to die in the line of duty in Palm Springs.
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