Citrus Heights, CA – A Citrus Heights police officer and his K9 partner were shot on Tuesday night after they responded to a call for gunshots in the parking lot of Macy’s at Sunrise Mall.
Citrus Heights Police Chief Ronald Lawrence called the incident “a very scary event, a very dangerous event,” according to the Sacramento Bee.
The incident began just after 7 p.m. on July 9 when police received a call about gunshots heard in the 8000-block of Greenback Boulevard near Arcadia Drive.
Citrus Heights Police Lieutenant Chad Morris said that when the officers arrived on the scene, the gunman immediately began shooting at them, the Sacramento Bee reported.
Officers returned fire and fatally shot the gunman. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The police K9 handler was shot through the slack fabric of his uniform, but not wounded, the Sacramento Bee reported.
But his K9 partner sustained a bullet wound to the face.
The dog was transported to a veterinary hospital for treatment, but there was no information available on the K9's condition, the Sacramento Bee reported.
“[The officer] was checked out at the hospital later and is going to be OK – he was not injured,” Chief Lawrence said. “Unfortunately, the officer’s dog... is currently under medical care. I hope that you’ll all pray with me that the dog will be OK.”
One witness posted on social media that he had heard 12 gunshots, the Sacramento Bee reported.
However, it was unknown how many officers had been involved in the incident and how many officers may have fired their weapons.
Police did not release the name of the officer or his wounded K9 partner.
A bullet also struck the windshield of a nearby vehicle during the gunfight, the Sacramento Bee reported.
Lt. Morris said the woman inside the vehicle when it sustained the hit was taken to the hospital as a precaution but had not been wounded by gunfire.