A K9 officer in South Florida is expected to recover after being shot in a gunfight where the suspect was killed.
Police dog Kasper took a bullet that was intended for his handler during a shootout in Palm Beach, Florida, Friday. Kasper went through surgery Friday night.
Officers chased Philip Oshea, 46, starting around 4am Friday after he robbed a bar and carjacked a woman, according to the Palm Beach Post.
When police arrived at the bar, Oshea drove away in his car and police followed, leading to two gunfights.
The first shootout happened during the chase, the second after Oshea crashed his car into a fence.
No police were shot except Kasper, though one deputy was injured as he dove for cover. He was treated in the hospital and was released later that morning. Oshea was shot and killed.
Three officers were involved and have been placed on administrative leave and state law enforcement agents will investigate the shooting, following protocol.
Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said Oshea had an extensive criminal history, according to CBS News.
Bradshaw said Oshea had been to prison several times and was wanted for arrest in North Carolina, particularly for the armed robbery of a motel in early May.
‘This very dangerous individual is off the streets,’ he said.
The brave dog is now recovering and stable. What an amazing dog with incredible perseverance.
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