Author: Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D.

By PoliceOne Staff

MARYSVILLE, Calif. — A California K-9 is recovering after being shot in the neck by a man who led police on a pursuit.

On Friday, Wheatland police pulled over a drunken driving suspect, 26-year-old Jonathan Erick Alexander, who became uncooperative after presenting officers with his ID, The Sacramento Bee reports. The suspect fled the scene and led a pursuit, police said.

The pursuit ended when police deployed spike strips to disable Alexander’s vehicle. After refusing to comply with officers, authorities deployed Yuba County Sheriff’s K-9 Glock on the suspect.

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Police said Alexander pulled a handgun and shot Glock on the neck, prompting police to return fire, fatally wounding Alexander. The bullet that struck Glock came out the other side of his neck, according to KCRA.

The K-9 was taken to a hospital where his condition was stabilized. On Sunday, The Yuba County Sheriff’s K-9 Association said on Facebook that Glock was released from the hospital and is at home recovering from his injuries.

“The support everyone has given Glock is overwhelming, and we cannot thank you enough. K9 Glock definitely had a hero’s welcome waiting for him when he got home,” the department wrote.

No other officers were injured in the shooting. Police said three Yuba County deputies and a Marysville officer were placed on administrative leave, per policy, pending the outcome of the shooting investigation.

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