SACRAMENTO, CA - A police pursuit and search for a suspected car culminated in Land Park Friday with the suspect shooting a police K-9 and the dog's officer/partner fatally shooting the suspect.
According to reports, at least 10 shots were fired near Robertson Way and Riverside Boulevard as police chased man and a woman who were suspected of stealing a car through the Land Park area. It happened around 10:15 a.m.
Police initially spotted a reportedly stolen car at Broadway and 24th at 9:40 a.m. and a chase began. However, at one point, the driver swerved toward a number of children and an adult and police called off the chase.
The car, a maroon Toyota Camry, was found a short time later and police surrounded the area looking for the suspects. A police canine handler and his dog came upon the couple.
"A short foot pursuit ensued and the male suspect fired rounds at the canine, striking the canine," said Sgt. Andrew Pettit with the Sacramento Police "Fearing for the safety of himself and the other people around, the canine handler fired rounds at the suspect."
The man was hit but made his way to a neighborhood yard where he would later be pronounced dead. The female suspect was taken into custody without injury. Both suspects were believed to be from the Chico area; the man is 33 and the woman is in her late 20s. No names have been released.
The K-9, named Bodie, was shot at least once. A bullet shattered his jaw and a paw was injured. The dog was taken to VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referal Center wherehe underwent two surgeries. Bodie is in stable condition.
"We've got several days to know if he's going to make it through this," said Dr. Robert Runyan. "He has multiple lacerations to both sides and top of his tongue probably encompassing about 60 percent of his tongue. He also has a wound on his paw with multiple fractures to the right front paw."
Precautionary lockdowns at Crocker Riverside Elementary on Riverside Blvd. and Brookfield School were lifted just before noon. Crocker canceled afternoon kindergarten classes.
Bodie is a 3-year-old German shepherd. He joined the Sacramento Police Department in November, 2010. He is trained in narcotics detection, article search and tracking, and SWAT scenarios. Bodie's partner/handler is Officer Randy Van Dusen.