Calif. K-9, winner in Vegas competition, fatally shot by suspect during search

Riverside County’s K-9 Rudy had taken first place in the handler protection category

By Bill Carey 

PERRIS, Calif. — A shooting during a search for suspects ended with the death of a police K-9 in Riverside County on Friday. 

Riverside County deputies had responded to a residence in Perris for a report of an unknown man and woman on the property, ABC7 reported.  

K-9 Rudy and his handler joined deputies on the scene, and it was confirmed the man was a wanted felon. A perimeter was established as they searched for the two suspects. 

During the search, K-9 Rudy alerted deputies to where a suspect was hiding. The man then fired at the deputies, fatally striking the canine. The suspects ran toward an occupied home, ignoring commands to surrender. 

As deputies approached, the man pointed a gun at them and the deputies opened fire, killing the man. No deputies were injured. 

According to the department, K-9 Rudy took first place in the handler protection category at the Las Vegas Metro Police K-9 Trials last month. 

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