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A top Florida lawmaker praised two K-9 officers shot by a carjacking suspect over the weekend and said they may have taken bullets for their handlers.

“There is no doubt that K-9 Ax and K-9 Endo took the pills that were meant for my deputy, because if the deputy had gone into the woods, the first person to come into contact [the suspect]will, without a doubt, have been shot,” Volusia County Sheriff Mike chitwood said Feather A press conference on Saturday afternoon.


A Lyft driver told police that shortly before midnight on Friday, he picked up a passenger and drove him to a remote area north of Orlando. The passenger allegedly pulled the driver out of the vehicle at gunpoint and then fled. The suspect has been identified as 21-year-old Shedrick Singleton Jr.

The stolen Kia Sedona minivan was located a short time later and the suspect hid in a wooded area.

Dramatic dead body left by police camera footage He says Deputy AJ Davis and K-9X are shown approaching the suspect about 10 minutes later. Police said the K-9 was injured after being shot in the face after entering a wooded area in search of the suspect. The dog was treated at a nearby 24-hour vet. K-9 Endo also suffered multiple injuries and was taken to the vet for treatment.

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About an hour and a half later, responding officers saw the suspect coming out of the woods and stopped, exchanging bullets as they tried to apprehend him, police said.

Singleton was also hit by police bullets and was taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital with life-threatening injuries. He is facing charges of armed carjacking and the use of a deadly weapon against a cop K-9.