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California K-9, Suspect Killed in Crawl Space Standoff

January 22, 2015  | 

Riverside County Sheriff's K-9 SultanĀ 
Riverside County Sheriff's K-9 Sultan 

Riverside County (Calif.) sheriff's deputies late Wednesday shot a man to death who they say had killed a sheriff's K-9 hours earlier near Hemet.

The man was holed up in a crawl space below a house on Clark Drive when deputies fired tear gas into that area, Sgt. Mike Manning told the Press Enterprise. The unidentified man emerged, holding a handgun, and was shot, Manning said. He died at the scene.

The drama began about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, while deputies were looking for the suspect who was wanted for unspecified crimes.

The police dog named Sultan was sent into the crawl space to find the felon, but returned injured and soon died, said Deputy Albert Martinez, who didn't describe the nature of the injuries.

Sultan was a Belgian Malinois-German shepherd mix who began patrolling the streets with Deputy Mark Wallace in November 2013.


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Rick @ 1/22/2015 3:37 PM

Here in CA, the prisons are emptying out on court order. The crooks weren't being released fast enough, so the court ordered that the releases take place even faster. Riverside Sheriff has had cuts and the Deputies are basically catching and releasing unless the offender had a major felony. Under the influence, whether alcohol or drugs, is basically let the person have a place to stay for the night and release them. Concealed carry is hard to come by and the state even outlawed the open carry of unloaded firearms.

Chuck @ 1/22/2015 6:12 PM

God bless all k9's and their handlers. I'm sorry to see you go; but you did your job. I love you k-9

rede2hike @ 1/22/2015 9:13 PM

Poor dog, feel sorry for its family. Lost another member of the thin blue line.
Wonder if windbag Sharpton and PETA are going to start trying to outlaw the use of K9's as being too cruel for the public & the poor dogs?
RIP Ofc Sultan, bless you for service & sacrifice.

Morning Eagle @ 1/22/2015 10:20 PM

There isn't much detail in the article but the courage and dedication of these dogs is amazing. It is fitting that Sultan's killer was shot to death thereby saving the taxpayers untold amounts for trials, appeals, and incarceration, etc. Good job Riverside County S.O. May Sultan R.I.P. and Deputy Wallace eventually find some peace too. That would be a hard loss.

Tom @ 1/26/2015 5:29 AM

Law enforcement has lost another officer, because that is what these dogs are, officers of the law. They have saved countless human officers through their ultimate sacrifice and those of us wearing the brown and blue can ony say, "THANKS".

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