Mall Gunman Shoots Police K9 In Face, Officers Reciprocate

A Citrus Heights police K9 was shot in the face by a gunman who opened fire on officers as they arrived on the scene.

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.

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Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

This is the only way Commifornia will ever ‘save’ some taxpayer money...dead scumbag= no court, no trial, no prison.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I do like the photo because it says "BURGERS" - like my name!

Stanracer
Stanracer

California....am I right!🤔

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

Why would anyone want to be a police officer in California or any leftist state? It's not worth the risk.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

You bet your ass the suspect better be dead. Save everyone the time and money on this scumbag waste of skin.

Ltpar
Ltpar

My prayers go out for the K-9 partner to make a full recovery. Of course there will be criticism from the anti-gun freaks about the innocent dirt bag being killed by the Officers. This, while a serious breach of Public Safety is exactly what men and women wearing the badge subject themselves to on a daily basis. May God watch over and protect those protecting us.

konadave
konadave

Here is the good news. The K9 dog was not shot. The blood the covered his head was the suspect's. Despite several near misses, no one was seriously injured except the bad guy.

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

Too bad they couldn’t revive him and shoot him again!!!!!!!

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

Thoughts and Prayers for the K9 and his family.

OldVet
OldVet

Good shooting.

Sinus Constabularius
Sinus Constabularius

I hope the cops stood over him and laughed as he circled the drain...

Leoliker
Leoliker

It would seem we don't have enough good guys to take out all the bad guys. Or does it just seem that way because of the revolving door justice system? Spend the money on more prisons. It will be recouped in less crime. Crimes and criminals are not just costing lives.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

So there is more info on this story now. The highlights:

  1. the police almost killed a bystander (shot some of hair off)
  2. the suspect only started shooting again because they released the K9
  3. K9 wasn't shot
CopperheadCSA
CopperheadCSA

Good news! K9 Axel was not actually shot. When he charged the suspect, he turned and fired two rounds at him and then shot at the other officers who returned fire filling him. When Alex returned to his handler, his face was covered in blood, and he was rushed to the vet. As it turns out, all the blood was from the suspect and K9 Axel was uninjured.

Texas-Bubba
Texas-Bubba

(1) more POS Down, good job guys