Phoenix Police K-9 Dennis was shot Thursday morning searching for a suspect. He is expected to recover. (Photo: Phoenix PD) -

Phoenix Police K-9 Dennis was shot Thursday morning searching for a suspect. He is expected to recover. (Photo: Phoenix PD)

A Phoenix K-9 was shot early Thursday morning when he was sent into the apartment of a homicide suspect ahead of police officers. The suspect was shot and killed by officers.

Sgt. Ann Justus credited K-9 Dennis with saving officer lives. He is expected to make a full recovery.

The incident started when officers responded to a report of shots fired shortly after 3:30 a.m. When officers arrived on the scene they reportedly found a man who was dead. During a search for the suspect, they were directed to his apartment, AZFamily reports.  

After Dennis was shot, officers retreated from the apartment and the suspect, a man in his 40s, came out armed and five officers fired their weapons, police said.

 

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