Fresno Police K-9 suffered minor injuries going after a suspect

July 19, 2009 11:40:42 PM PDT
A Fresno Police K-9 suffered minor injuries Sunday when he tried to go after a wanted suspect.Police said the suspect started hitting the dog named Turbo after the K-9 found him hiding under a house.

Officers said the suspect also tried to pry the dog's mouth open before he gave up and surrendered to authorities.

Now, that suspect could face criminal charges for attacking an officer.

Officer Matthew Vincent, K-9 Handler said "It's just like any other officer. By him striking a Police K-9 causing injuries, he's going to be charged with it. It's going to be up to the DA's office to decide if they're going to pursue charges."

Turbo got a cut on his bottom lip, but other than that, he's okay.

Turbo's attack comes just days after a Fresno County Sheriff's Department K-9 was shot by a suspect.

"Reno" was released from a Fresno Veterinary Hospital Wednesday, one day after being shot while looking for a suspect South of Fresno.

Two other deputies were injured, and the suspect was shot and killed by Deputies. Reno lost an eye and it's unknown whether he'll be able to return to duty.

One of those injured Deputies, Deputy George Ozburn, released this message: "My continued prayers go out to K-9 Deputy Reno who prevented additional officers from being injured. Reno, you gave your best and made a huge sacrifice for your fellow deputies. I hope you will recover quickly surrounded by the love of your family."

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