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Sheriff's Department: Stolen Car Suspect Shoots K9

K9 Officer Drago is pictured above after being treated for a gunshot wound to the chest. He is expected to make a full recovery. (KFBK News/Mike Simpson)

A man hunt is over after the suspect of a stolen car shot a K9, fled the scene and then turned the gun on himself, according to the Sacramento Sheriff's Department.

According to the Sheriff's Department 6-year-old Drago was shot after a police chase ended with the suspect bailing from his car and opening fire on officers near Dry Creek and Bell Avenue. The driver abandoned the vehicle near Elverta Road and fled into an open field.

Officers, deputies and two sheriff's department K9s pursued the person into the field during which time the individual fired eight rounds at authorities, hitting hitting one of the dogs in the leg, said spokeswoman Lisa Bowman.

Additional units, including SWAT officers and a helicopter were called in to help search for the suspected shooter in the field.

The K9 has been transported to a local vet to be treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the chest. The gunfire missed all vital organs.

It is unknown at this time if Drago was wearing a bullet-proof vest.

Deputies surrounded the field where they thought the suspect was hiding. When the sun rose, authorities found the suspect with a gun shot wound to the head. The man was unresponsuive, but still alive when he was found.

The suspect is being transported to the hospital by ambulance. The suspect is a male in his 40s believed to be from this area, Bowman said.

Drago is 6-year-old Belgian Malinios and was born in Czech Republic. According to Sac Sheriff's K9 Association website he was teamed with Deputy Dustin Silva for three years. Currently he's being handled by Deputy John Halk. Drago specializes in Patrol, SWAT, Evidence and Guns and Ammo.

Bowman said Drago could be back to work in as soon as two to three weeks.

See photos of Drago.

Pictured above: SSD handler Deputy John Halk and K9 Drago. Photo was taken today at the vet after this incident. Drago is being treated for a non-life threatening gunshot injury. Deputy Halk was not injured.

 

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