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Anaheim shootings: Suspect killed after firing at officers, police dog

A man who allegedly shot at probation officers and a police dog was fatally shot by officers in Anaheim Thursday.
March 20, 2014 1:40:42 PM PDT
A man who allegedly shot at probation officers and a police dog was fatally shot by officers during a search in Anaheim Thursday afternoon.

Police responded to a report of two probation officers being shot at near the intersection of La Palma Avenue and West Street around 2 p.m.

Neither officer was struck. They did not return fire. The shooting suspect fled on foot. Police launched a search for the suspect in the area, advising residents to shelter in place and report any suspicious activity. A SWAT team was called to the area and proceeded to search house to house for the suspect.

An Anaheim Police K-9 dog located the shooting suspect hiding in a trash bin. The suspect reportedly fired at officers, who returned fire, fatally striking the suspect. The exchange took place on Mayfair Avenue north of La Palma.

The police dog, named "Bruno," was struck in the face by a bullet and underwent surgery. Officials said the dog has lost part of a lung, but was expected to survive.

Police said the two probation officers had been searching for a man on probation. They encountered him in the neighborhood, and he stayed put when contacted by the officers. Two other men who were with him took off running, and one of those two men allegedly fired twice at the officers, prompting the search. The original probationer was taken into custody.

That unidentified suspect who fired at officers was the deceased suspect. The third man was still at large Thursday night.

An Orange County District Attorney's Office investigation was underway, as is standard practice in officer-involved shootings.

West La Palma Avenue was closed between Harbor Boulevard and West Street during the investigation.


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