A Riverside County, CA, sheriff’s K9 and a wanted felon were both killed during an deputy-involved shooting near Perris on Friday afternoon.
According to a release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were in the unincorporated area of Perris known as Mead Valley searching for a wanted felon when they received a call from a resident about an unknown male and female on their property.
Upon arriving, deputies confirmed that the male was the wanted felon. A Sheriff’s K9 handler and his K9 partner Rudy were called in to assist with the search, Fox LA reports.
During the search, Rudy alerted to where the suspect was hiding, and upon being found, the suspect fired at deputies, striking K9 Rudy. The suspects refused to surrender and fled, and the Sheriff’s Aviation Unit observed them running towards an occupied residence.
The male suspect was shot and killed by deputies.
K9 Rudy was transported to a local veterinary hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.