WORCESTER, Mass. – Police in Massachusetts say that they expect their K9 to make a full recovery after a suspect they were tracking down on Saturday allegedly stabbed the dog in the head multiple times with a screwdriver.
WMUR 9 confirmed in a report that K9 Beebs, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois with the department, was injured when pursuing a suspect who had been threatening to stab city bus drivers and then set them on fire on Saturday morning.
When officers tracked down the suspect and made contact, he allegedly crouched behind a set of shrubs and refused to come out. During that time police say that he yelled out threats to harm the officers and continued to ignore their commands to surrender.
So they brought the dog in.
The suspect continued to ignore police orders and still did not surrender, even when the dog was about to be set loose on him.
Police say that as Beebs went around the bushes to apprehend the suspect, the man then lashed out with the screwdriver that he held, striking the police dog multiple times in the head and leaving him with some pretty severe injuries.
During the struggle, police managed to get to the suspect and place him into custody without further incident.
Beebs was immediately rushed to an animal hospital to be treated for his injuries. Worcester authorities say that he suffered a laceration to his mouth and several wounds to his head with significant swelling.
Sending healing thoughts to Officer Dan Pennellatore and K9 Beebs. K9 Beebs was stabbed several times in the head with a screw driver while apprehending a subject this morning. The vet says Beebs will make a full recovery. Beebs is one tough K9! Get better soon! pic.twitter.com/AbYyDk6sas
— K9s of Valor (@k9sofvalor) September 7, 2019
The 3-year-old Belgian Malinois is expected to make a full recovery from the incident, but has probably earned himself some time off.
Beebs runs with Worcseter K-9 Officer Dan Pennellatore and has been working for the Massachusetts agency for the last tw0-and-a-half years.
— ThisWeekinWorcester (@thisweekinWoo) September 7, 2019
There were no details on the identity of the suspect or the list of charges that he will now face following the incident.
Just over a week ago, a K9 on an Alaskan force was also attacked by a suspect that police were trying to subdue. This time it was with a sword.
Police in Alaska were left no choice but to fatally shoot a suspect who had fired a gun at officers and then attacked a police K9 with a sword on Monday, Anchorage Daily News reported.
Police say the tense situation began when officers were called out to Wildberry Loop for reports of a “suspicious person with a gun” just after 2 p.m. Monday. Police Chief Justin Doll told the press that units received word that the suspect was “under the influence of drugs and threatening suicide and had pointed the weapon at more than one person.”
— Tactical Dog (@TacticalDogLive) August 27, 2019
Doll said that as officers arrived, the suspect was immediately dismissive of lawful orders that were given to him. He stood by a vehicle holding his weapon, ignoring the officers’ calls to put down the weapon. Instead of complying, the suspect turned and walked toward a house and attempted to open the front door.
Officers say that the door was locked, so the suspect fired a round into one of the windows so that he could gain entry to the home. Then, he “turned around, pointed his gun at responding officers, and fired a shot,” before climbing through the window, police noted in a report of the incident.
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According to Chief Doll, police assisted three civilians in leaving the home that the suspect had entered and were able to get them to safety. Police continued to evacuate houses in the area as a SWAT team responded to the home.
That began a 4-hour standoff with the armed man, Doll said.
— Anchorage Daily News (@adndotcom) August 27, 2019
Negotiators were unsuccessful in their attempts to get the suspect to surrender, and so around 6:35 p.m., SWAT officers deployed chemical agents into the residence.
That’s when the suspect came barging through a rear window armed with a large sword, police said. And he charged straight at officers at the scene with the sword, stabbing and injuring the K9.
Police immediately responded with force.
“He attacked the police K9 with a sword and was shot by the SWAT officer,” Doll said.
The man was transported to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after 7 p.m. authorities noted. The police dog was immediately taken to an animal hospital to be treated for its injuries and is expected to survive, Anchorage Daily News confirmed.
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