K-9 Hero

(Photo: Fullerton PD)
Fullerton Police Department K-9 Officer Rotar (Photo: Fullerton PD)

There are special places in hell for some perps.

Case in point: a knife-wielding suspect who stabbed a K-9 officer last week during a police shooting in Fullerton, California.

According to CBSLA.com:

Around 1 a.m., officers were sent to the 1100 block of East Chapman Avenue for report of a man brandishing a weapon, according to the Fullerton Police Department.

 

Upon their arrival, authorities located Jimmy Lastra, 42, of Artesia, who was armed with a knife.

 

“[Mr. Lastra] repeatedly refused commands to drop the knife and officers used non-lethal sponge rounds in attempts to disarm [him],” said Sgt. Kathryn Hamel. “[When he] still refused to comply with commands to drop his weapon, K-9 Rotar was deployed in an attempt to take Mr. Lastra into custody.”

 

Rotar, a 3.5-year-old Golden Shepherd, was treated for minor stab wounds at Yorba Regional Animal Hospital. He is expected to return to work in about a week, police said.

 

No officers sustained injuries during the shooting.

 

The investigation is ongoing.

 

Anyone with information about this incident has been urged to contact the Fullerton Police Department at (714) 738-6800.

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