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Video: Calif. K-9 Recovering from Head Shot

March 21, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Calif. K-9 Recovering from Head Shot

An Anaheim, Calif., police dog underwent surgery Thursday night and remained heavily sedated in "a lot of pain" after being struck by a bullet in the face during a confrontation with a gunman. Police later shot and killed the gunman.

The incident began when probation officers were conducting a search in the 1120 block of Mayfair Avenue about 2 p.m., according to the Anaheim Police Department.

The probationer and two other men ran into an alley when they saw police, officials said. One of the men fired shots at an officer who followed them into the alley, but the officer was not hit.

The gunmen ran away, and police called a SWAT team and K-9 unit for help. During a neighborhood search, a K-9 named Bruno found one of the men hiding in a trash bin, police told NBC Los Angeles

The man then shot 7-year-old Bruno in the face, prompting officers to return fire, police said. The bullet shattered his lower jaw bone and re-entered the dog in his chest.

The gunman died at the scene. Police took one man into custody but were still searching for the third.

Bruno had emergency surgery at a veterinary hospital Thursday evening. The gunshot wound forced doctors to remove part of Bruno's lung.


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Retired Chief @ 3/21/2014 4:25 PM

A dog is a man's best friend people say. A police K-9 is definitely an officer's best partner. Like many I have lost dogs who were long time, loyal family pets and will suffer the loss of more as our current bunch get older. But I cannot imagine loosing a K9 partner any more than a human partner. Be tough Bruno. You are a good looking boy and obviously did your job in rooting out the POS that shot you. Your partners took care of him for you.

At 7 years old you may be at the end of your service life particularly with the serious injury you sustained. But I wish you and your handler many years of companionship together. You deserve to retire in comfort---but it would be nice if you could recover just enough to work one more patrol shift with your partner before retirement. Always go out on a positive note.

Retired Chief @ 3/21/2014 4:25 PM

A dog is a man's best friend people say. A police K-9 is definitely an officer's best partner. Like many I have lost dogs who were long time, loyal family pets and will suffer the loss of more as our current bunch get older. But I cannot imagine loosing a K9 partner any more than a human partner. Be tough Bruno. You are a good looking boy and obviously did your job in rooting out the POS that shot you. Your partners took care of him for you.

At 7 years old you may be at the end of your service life particularly with the serious injury you sustained. But I wish you and your handler many years of companionship together. You deserve to retire in comfort---but it would be nice if you could recover just enough to work one more patrol shift with your partner before retirement. Always go out on a positive note.

Pup @ 3/22/2014 9:04 AM

The incident brings back memorys (1989) when "Little Arco", my K9 was shot while searching for a 211 (Robbery) suspect. The suspect died at the scene as well. To my surprise, Arco (Malinois) was up and running two weeks later. On our first search back to work, he located and encountered two heavily armed robbery suspects without any hesitation. Have faith!! Bruno will recover and return to the unit to continue his job which he loves to do. Be safe!!

chuck @ 3/22/2014 9:21 AM

Hey Bruno my dog Bella and I have you in our prayers. I know you can make it Bruno

Keith Rosario @ 3/22/2014 9:29 AM

Bruno, Your devoted partner (handler) and fellow officers are in our prayers. Stay strong boy, you saved many fellow officers with your abilities and now the LEO community stands behind you in praise and sincere prayerful vigil. Bless you buddy! Make a full recovery and live out your life in comfort you are a Hero!

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