K-9 Saves Portland Officer During Shootout Before Dying

K-9 Saves Portland Officer During Shootout Before Dying

By Rebeka Silva | Headlines & Global News

Portland police K-9 unit Officer Jeff Dorn was recovering from gunshot wounds on Wednesday after a shootout with a burglary suspect ending with the death of his police dog, according toOregonLive.com.

The dog died after the officer told it to “Take that suspect!” and a shootout began, police Chief Mike Reese said, OregonLive.com reported. The officer is expected to survive and remains at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and is continuing to recover from gunshot wounds to both legs, police said.

The shooting began after police saw three people emerging from a uniform shop and chased them, Reese said and ended when the suspects’ SUV crashed into a utility pole, according to OregonLive.com.

Three suspects are in custody, OregonLive.com reported. One of the three men got away and was captured about three hours later.

Police have not identified the three suspects taken into custody, but Wednesday afternoon they said Dorn’s shootout on Southwest Lobelia Street was with a 20-year-old man, according to a police release, according to OregonLive.com.

Reese said he doesn’t know how many rounds officers fired, OregonLive.com reported. Witnesses reported hearing seven or eight shots.

The dog was initially missing in the dark but later found beneath a hedge in a yard, according to OregonLive.com. The rifle believed to have been used in the shootings was also found, police said.

Police vehicles formed a long line in procession to take the dog across the Willamette River to an animal hospital, OregonLive.com reported.

The target of the burglary was a shop that specializes in police, fire and other public service uniforms, Reese said, according to OregonLive.com.

“We’ve had two officers shot in the past month protecting our community. Today’s incident is a reminder of how dangerous policing can be,” Reese said, OregonLive.com reported. “I’m very grateful that Officer Dorn will recover from his injuries and saddened that we lost one of our K-9 partners.”



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