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Police Dog Bruno Involved In Shootout Showing Improvement

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(FOX 11 / AP) Police say Anaheim officers shot and killed a man who fired on probation officers and later shot and badly wounded a police dog.

Police Lt. Tim Schmidt says the officers were looking for a man and found him on a street corner with two others Thursday.

Schmidt tells the Orange County Register the other men fled and one of them fired three times on an officer who followed them. A second officer stayed with the probationer. No officers were hurt.

Police began searching door-to-door and by helicopter for the suspect.

A police dog found him in an apartment-complex courtyard, and the man shot the dog twice.

Police then shot him, and he died at the scene. It was not clear how many officers fired, or how many times.

The dog, 7-year-old German shepherd named Bruno, had several surgeries but is expected to survive.

The photos of the dog you see here are from the Anaheim Police Department's Twitter feed. The police department will be providing updates on his condition on that Twitter account as well as their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AnaheimK9friends.


From Christina Gonzalez:

The word "bloat" terrifies most big dog owners. The often lethal condition is associated with large dogs, like Bruno. That's the German shepherd k-9 from Anaheim police, recuperating from a gunshot at YORBA Regional Animal Hospital. Injured last month, the dog was actually doing well, considering the round shattered his jaw and damaged his lung.

Last night, at about 11pm, caretakers noticed BRUNO was in distress. Veterinarians diagnosed gastrointestinal bloat, and got the animal into emergency surgery. His handler, officer R.J. Young, was at the hospital all night. Finally, by this morning, the dog seemed to be reacting positively.

"Both are hanging in there" says Sgt. Steve Pena, with Anaheim PD. Young, who spoke with FOX 11 after the initial shooting, was hopeful he'd be able to take BRUNO home soon. This will delay things even further, but the dog is doing well, which is the most important thing for those involved with the loved animal.

Bruno was injured March 20th, when he located a suspect who had supposedly fired at probation officers. According to police, a gang member , who had been released from prison days before, shot at Bruno, hitting him. Officers shot back and killed the suspect.

The bullet remains in Bruno's chest, too close to his heart to be removed. He will be retired and stay with Young and his family once he is well enough.

Donations for his care, once he is retired, are being gathered by Friends of the Anaheim Police Dog K- 9 Association.

Again, his prognosis is good.

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