Man repeatedly stabs K-9, is fatally shot, officials say

After stabbing the dog, the suspect charged at deputies and at least one deputy opened fire

By Cliff Pinckard

GOBLES, Michigan — A suspect was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy after the man stabbed a K9, then charged at deputies, according to reports.

Jacob Bender, 39, was killed in the incident at a home Monday night, Fox 17 reports. The K9, named Kuno, was recovering after being treated by a veterinarian for three stab wounds.

The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office tells that deputies were at the home at 9:30 p.m. Monday after receiving reports of a domestic dispute. They found out that Bender was hiding in a crawl space in the basement of the home.

Bender had multiple warrants out for his arrest, WWMT Channel 3 reports.

When Kuno found Bender in the crawl space, Bender stabbed the dog, reports say. Bender then reportedly charged at a deputy while still armed with a knife and tried to stab him. WWMT reports a deputy used a stun gun on Bender, but it had no effect. That’s when at least one deputy opened fire, killing Bender.

The Michigan State Police are investigating the shooting, reports say.

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