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California Officers Shoot Suspect After He Stabs K-9

January 07, 2016  | 

Fullerton PD K-9 Rotar was stabbed and is expected to be back on duty in a week. (Photo: Fullerton PD)
Fullerton PD K-9 Rotar was stabbed and is expected to be back on duty in a week. (Photo: Fullerton PD)

A knife-wielding suspect was shot by Fullerton, CA, police after stabbing a police K-9 early Wednesday morning, authorities said.

Officers responded to a report of a male brandishing a weapon in the 1100 block of E. Chapman Avenue at about 1 a.m.

At the scene, police ordered the suspect, later identified as Jimmy Lastra, 42, of Artesia, to drop his knife but he repeatedly refused. That's when police say they used non-lethal sponge rounds to no avail.

K-9 Rotar was then deployed in an attempt to bring Lastra into custody. The suspect stabbed K-9 Rotar, and that's when Fullerton police opened fire.

The suspect was shot and transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. K-9 Rotar was treated for minor injuries at Yorba Regional Animal Hospital in Anaheim. He's expected to return to work in about a week, police told ABC 7 TV.

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Leonard Mather @ 1/7/2016 6:57 PM

Wise Judges will be fully aware of the Aphorism "Shooting yourself in the foot," and as a result such Judges AVOID doing so. A wise Judge will find that Lastra's being shot was within proper procedure in view of his refusal to obey lawful orders culminating with his stabbing of Rotar. We cannot have Obama type reasoning nailing jelly on the wall, unable to call a spade a spade. Noncompliance with lawful commands should NOT lead to interactive discussion.

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