06/08/2012

Mich. K-9 turns on handler, is fatally shot

The K-9 would not release the bite after several commands

By PoliceOne Staff

PONTIAC, Mich. — An Oakland County Sheriff's deputy shot and killed his K-9 after the animal attacked him during a trip to the veterinarian Thursday.

Sheriff's officials say Gunner, a German Shepherd who had been with the department for five years, had recently undergone remedial training for "serious aggression" and needed a veterinary consultation as the next step.

When the K-9 team arrived for the appointment and were outside the deputy's vehicle, the dog suddenly lunged and bit the deputy's arm, near his face.

The K-9 would not release the bite after several commands. The handler, a 23-year veteran of the sheriff's department, fatally shot the dog.

The deputy was admitted to the hospital for treatment of a puncture wound to his arm and is expected to recover, according to WXYZ

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