According to Monday's NewsOK, an Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, police officer shot and killed a man who had repeatedly stabbed a police canine on Sunday night.
The incident began shortly before 9 p.m. when officers were called out in response to a burglary at a business at 7233 S Air Depot Blvd. When the responding police officers arrived, the suspect drove away, which instigated a vehicle pursuit.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers led the pursuit, which ended approximately a half hour later after the fleeing suspect hit a ditch near the Goldsby exit on I-35. According to KOCO News, when the suspect fled on foot, a police canine with the Oklahoma City police department was released.
The three-year-old German shepherd reached the suspect, who used a knife to stab the dog multiple times. The dog's handler, who has not yet been identified, proceed to fatally shoot the armed suspect.
Following the stabbing, Capt. Dexter Nelson with the Oklahoma City Police Department stated:
The dog is an officer, he's considered that officer's partner. They train together, they work together. So when a dog gets injured, it's like an officer getting injured,
As of Monday morning, the seriously injured canine, who was rushed to a veterinarian for emergency surgery, was alive and fighting for his life; the dog is expected to survive.
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