Police K9 Koba Shot During Standoff

North Richland Hills Police Department K9 Koba underwent surgery on Monday night.

North Richland Hills, TX – A North Richland Hills Police Department (NRHPD) K9 was shot in the line of duty by a suicidal suspect during a standoff on Monday night.

The incident began at approximately 7:15 p.m., after family members called the Watauga Police Department (WPD) to report that an armed man was threatening suicide, NRHPD Sergeant Melissa Andrews said, according to KXAS.

NRHPD officers responded to the area to assist the WPD.

Officers were able to locate the suspect, who repeatedly brandished a firearm and led police on a pursuit, The Dallas Morning News reported.

It was unclear where exactly the chase began, but the armed man ultimately barricaded himself in a vehicle in the area of Trinidad Drive and Caracas Drive, near Rufe Snow Drive, according to the Star-Telegram.

The suspect refused to comply with the officers’ commands, and a SWAT team was ultimately sent in to assist in the standoff.

Just before 9 p.m., the man got out of the vehicle – weapon in hand – and confronted the officers, at which point they opened fire, The Dallas Morning News reported.

It was unclear whether the suicidal suspect fired at the officers, Sgt. Andrews said, according to KXAS.

The suspect and NRHPD K9 Koba were both wounded during the altercation, but police did not provide additional details regarding how K9 Koba was injured.

The gunman was rushed to John Peter Smith Hospital, and underwent surgery a short while later.

He has since been listed in stable condition, and faces a charge of aggravated assault on a peace officer, KTVT reported.

K9 Koba was transported to a veterinary hospital in Euless, where he underwent surgery.

“K9 Koba did well throughout the surgery and is now recovering from his injuries,” the NRHPD said in a Facebook post on Tuesday morning. “We thank you all for your continued support for K9 Koba and the department.”

Comments (13)
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MrsS
MrsS

Get well soon, Koba

JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

Aggravated assault on an officer? What about fucking attempted murder! A K9 is an Officer that prick should get the death penalty!

Corellia
Corellia

In this case, although may come across as biased, I hoped the perp died and Koba survives.

DLWalt
DLWalt

Prayers of strength & healing for K9 Koba, his handler & the @NRHPD 🙏💙 🐾

gfc1963
gfc1963

Get well soon Koba!! Greetings from the UK!

UhO5O
UhO5O

Koba is beautiful! I pray he makes a full recovery.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "The sequence of events is still unclear. Police did not say whether the K-9 was injured by the suspect or by officers returning fire."

Releasing K9s on armed suspects is always a bad idea. It pretty much guarantees there will be shooting, when the desired outcome is to prevent the eruption of shooting.

JazzTravelDiva
JazzTravelDiva

Feel better soon Koba! 💙

61mouse
61mouse

Why was the K9 out of the vehicle in the first place . When the asshole was surrounded ?

61mouse
61mouse

Best outcome would be the suspect dies and K9 makes full recovery

Isabella123
Isabella123

I have so many concerns for any K9 officer right now. It seems lately that those that are being chased by the police with the assistance of a K9 officer have decided that their preferred first option is the shooting of the K9 officers to aid in their escape. There have been several instances repored in the news of late. It seems a disturbing trend. Kobo I am so glad that you are hopefully doing well and are on the mend. It is far better news than that received regarding your comrades.

Stacee
Stacee

Prayers for K9 Koba.