A Portland shootout had a tragic ending for a police dog and a close call for his partner. Early Wednesday three burglary suspects were being pursued by police when one of them shot and killed the dog after police commanded him to take him down.
FOX News reports April 16 that all three burglar suspects are in custody. The man who did the shooting managed to escape temporarily but was captured three hours later by police after the Portland shootout.
The incident happened at Blumenthal's Uniform and Equipment in Southwest Portland, Ore. Chief Mike Reese said police spotted three people emerging from a uniform shop and drive off in an SUV. A car chase was underway until the SUV crashed into a utility pole.
The German shepherd police dog, Mick, was found under a hedge near the crime scene. The wounded officer has been identified as Jeff Dorn, a 16-year veteran of the bureau assigned to the K-9 unit's night shift, FOX12 in Portland reported. He was shot in both legs and is expected to make a full recovery.
Dorn made a statement that was released by the Portland Police Bureau. It stated: Officer Dorn would like the community to know that "Mick saved my life."
It's unknown at this time if there will be a public service to honor Mick. It was revealed in the report that Mick wasn't wearing a ballistic vest during the Portland shootout, but he did have on a harness.