Pa. K-9 officer shoots gun-brandishing suspect


By Nate Guidry
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

P-1 Editor's Note --
First and foremost, P-1 commends the officer on winning this situation and keeping himself and his K-9 partner safe.

In general, proper use of K-9s involves some complicated decision-making. Like any force option, we have to make a split-second decision, and weigh many factors in that split second. Our Street Survival Seminar instructors will tell you: A K-9 is a tool, but it's a very expensive tool. We don't send them on suicide missions.

KNOXVILLE, Pa. — A 26-year-old Knoxville man was in critical condition at UPMC Presbyterian after he was shot once in the chest by a city police officer Downtown about 6 p.m. Monday.

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