A short standoff in Rancho Santa Fe, CA, early Saturday ended with a man being shot by deputies after he stabbed a K9 and forced his way into a man's apartment, taking him hostage.
Deputies with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO) responded shortly before 5:30 a.m. to investigate a disturbance in the area. SDSO Lt. Kenneth Nelson said the caller told deputies a man was yelling in the street and possibly slamming or breaking things.
Upon arrival, deputies discovered a man, armed with knife, making loud noises near a staircase on the street. That man has now been identified by officials as Edward Ray Nett, 50.
Deputies approached Nett, ordering him to drop the knife. Nett yelled at deputies that he was going to stab them and refused to drop his weapon, officials say. Nelson said deputies then deployed pepper balls at the suspect, to no avail.
Deputies deployed a K9. At that point, the SDSO said Nett struggled with the dog and stabbed the K9 under his left eye.
Nett then ran into an apartment complex and took a hostage inside one of the residences. He was shot and wounded by one of the deputies ending the standoff. Nett was taken to a local hospital just after 6 a.m. Nelson said he did not have an update on the suspect's condition.
Nelson said the wounded K9, whose name is Banjer, was taken to an animal hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. Banjer is now resting comfortably and is expected to survive, NBC Los Angeles reports.
The SDSO later posted a photo of the wounded K9 on Twitter and added: "K9 Banjer received stitches for his wound. He will be on light duty and training as he recovers. To all our deputies, stay safe."