HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Houston police say a K-9 was shot after biting a police officer in North West Houston. This all happened while the officer and the K-9 were chasing two suspects who lead police on a chase in a stolen vehicle.
The officer that shot the dog was transported to the Northwest Houston Medical Center where he is undergoing treatment for bite wounds to his legs. Police say the dog, Jake, latched onto the officer's legs, and the officer shot it twice.
The dog was transported to the Aldine Bender Medical Center where he underwent emergency treatment. He's now in stable condition and expected to survive but may not return to duty because he is 9 years old.
The dog was shot while both the officer and the K-9, along with the K-9's handler, were chasing two juvenile suspects in a vehicle reportedly stolen in an aggravated robbery. Before taking off on foot, the male and female suspects, who are both under 17 years of age, reportedly smashed their vehicle into a K-9 police vehicle. The chase ended when they drove their car into a wooded area just off of tricky road and began fleeing on foot.
Houston police information officer John Cannon says it's possible, although he could not confirm, that the dog mistakenly bit the officer, thinking that he was one of the suspects. He also says he is unsure whether or not the officer knew the dog was a K-9 unit or a stray dog.
"Once we get all the facts and we receive all the statements and talk to the officer that discharged his firearm and also the officer that was in charge of the K9, we will look to see exactly what happened and why it happened and we'll certainly make any changes or adjustments if needed," says George Bunik, assistant executive chief.
Both suspects are in custody, they will be facing felony charges, including evading in a motor vehicle, according to Houston police, who also say the K-9 and the officer will survive.