OKLAHOMA CITY — A police dog stabbed Sunday night is recovering and expected to survive multiple wounds. Police have not released the names of those involved in the pursuit and officer-involved shooting late Sunday.
A man who led officers on a pursuit from Oklahoma City to near Goldsby Sunday stabbed the police dog and was shot and killed by the dog's handler.
About 8:45 p.m., police were called to a business burglary at 7233 S Air Depot Blvd. Officers saw a man drive away and pursued. Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers led the pursuit when the driver was speeding southbound on Interstate 35 in Norman, Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson said.
Troopers used tactics to end the pursuit near the Goldsby exit on I-35, where the vehicle hit a ditch west of the highway, Nelson said.
Oklahoma City K9 officers and gang unit officers stayed back with troopers until the driver got out of the vehicle and started running south near the service road. A K9 handler let the police dog chase the driver and saw the police dog being stabbed by the driver behind a nearby business, Nelson said.
While the K9 officer was running to police dog and the driver, he saw the driver had a knife and was stabbing the police dog, according to a news release. The officer then fatally shot the man, and the police dog was taken to a veterinarian for emergency surgery, Nelson said.
The K9 handler was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal and administrative investigations by police.
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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