Police dog dies during deputy shootout with suspect in Gardena

A police dog died Thursday after being shot during a standoff in Gardena with a barricaded suspect, who was also shot, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

According to a press release from the Gardena Police Department, the Gardena Police Department asked the Sheriff’s Department for assistance with a person suspected of assault with a deadly weapon at the 1800 block of West 145th Street.

The suspect had barricaded himself in the apartment for about 33 hours and was wanted in connection with a shooting that took place in the neighborhood the previous day, according to the City News Service.

The deputies and the K9 – known as Jack – entered the property at 5:42 p.m. and encountered the suspect, who fired at the K9 and the deputies, who fired back, the press release said. The suspect and the K9 died from their injuries at the scene. A firearm was seized.

“K9 Jack was a loyal member of the [Special Enforcement Bureau’s Canine Services Detail] for the last 4 years,” read a statement on the Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page. “K9 Jack has saved countless lives and bravely protected members of the Bureau in countless tactical operations.”

Sheriff Robert Luna tweeted Friday that “K9 Jack was a very social dog with a warrior’s heart.”

K9 Jack was imported from the Netherlands and joined the department in March 2019.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-12-23/police-dog-dies-deputy-shootout-barricaded-suspect-gardena Police dog dies during deputy shootout with suspect in Gardena

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