Police Dog Expected to Return to Line of Duty

Friday, Aug 13, 2010  |  Updated 3:15 PM PDT
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Police Dog Expected to Return to Line of Duty

Antioch Police Department

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A police dog that was shot while trying to apprehend a suspected  burglar in Antioch early this morning has been released from the veterinary  hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, Antioch police Lt. Leonard  Orman said.

     The dog, Thor, a Belgian Malinois, has been with the police  department for eight years and will likely return to work after he recovers,  Orman said.      The incident began at about 1:14 a.m. when a neighbor called to  report a residential burglary in progress at 2100 D St., police said.
     The residents were not home at the time and when officers arrived,  they sent Thor into the room where they thought the burglar was. Before they  were close enough to see into the room, the officers heard two shots fired  from a small-caliber gun, Orman said.
     When the officers entered the room, the suspect, later identified  by the Contra Costa County coroner's office as 29-year-old Antioch resident  Christopher Johnson, allegedly leveled a gun at one of the officers, Orman  said.
     Johnson and the officers began firing at each other and Johnson  was killed. The officers were not hurt.
     From the preliminary investigation, it appears that Johnson  entered the home through a back window, Orman said.
     Police believe he shot Thor in the neck while he was trying to get  the animal off of him. The bullet exited near the dog's shoulder and does not  appear to have hit anything vital, Orman said.
     The officers were placed on administrative leave while police and  the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office investigate what happened.
 

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