K-9s were responding to a carjacking report
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.
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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.
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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.