Adams County (CO) Sheriff's K-9 Lex was separated from his handler by a fence when his handler was fighting a suspect. The dog opened the gate with his paw and came to the aid of his handler. (Photo: Adams County SO/Facebook)

Adams County (CO) Sheriff's K-9 Lex was separated from his handler by a fence when his handler was fighting a suspect. The dog opened the gate with his paw and came to the aid of his handler. (Photo: Adams County SO/Facebook)

A K-9 with the Adams County (CO) Sheriff’s Office saved a deputy who was fighting with a suspect.

According to a statement, which the sheriff’s office also posted to Facebook, at 1 a.m. on Aug. 5, a deputy responded to a trespassing call.

While on the call, a man he was talking to jumped a fence to get away. The deputy ran after him, getting separated from his K-9, and began fighting with the suspect, CBS Denver reports.

As the deputy and the suspect fought, “Lex (a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois) unlatched the gate with his paw,” the sheriff’s office said. “Then Lex came to the assistance of the deputy and the suspect was apprehended.”

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