In San Diego, a sheriff's K9 officer was shot as he assisted with capturing three armed robbery suspects who were being pursued in Murrieta.
According to KTLA, deputies were alerted to a robbing at a Lakeside 7- Eleven. One of the deputies found the possible robbers and tried to pull the suspects over, but they would not stop.
A chase ensued. At 12:20 a.m., Murrieta police were sent to assist the CHP who was in charge of the chase. As the suspects drove along the 215 freeway, they got off on Los Alamos Road and started shooting at the officers.
According to Murrieta Police Department, the suspects fired multiple rounds, then went into a Shell gas station. The three people inside exited the vehicle and attempted to carjack a vehicle.
The San Diego sheriff sent K-9 Cezar after the suspects to stop them from carjacking the vehicle. One of the suspects shot him in the leg.
“Cezar was shot while trying to stop a suspect from carjacking people at the end of the chase. He likely kept the suspect from getting away & possibly hurting others. Cezar did as he was trained. He protected his deputy handler, the public and our law enforcement partners.”San Diego Sheriffs Department
Arresting the Suspects
Officers arrested two of the assailants after Cezar was shot. The third ran on foot, but a Murrieta police K-9 was used to help SWAT capture the individual.
The person of interest did get hurt by the K-9 and was taken to the hospital for care. Officers have yet to identify the suspects.
The K-9 Cezar went to a local vet, who performed surgery to pull out pieces of the bullet from his leg. The dog was released and should make a full recovery.
Thankfully, the suspect only shot Cezar in the leg, and he will be able to serve again once he is healed.