KNBC An Anaheim police K-9 underwent a successful surgery Thursday night after being struck by a bullet during a confrontation with a gunman, who was later shot and killed by police.
The incident began when probation officers were conducting a search, according to the Anaheim Police Department.
The probationer and two other men ran into an alley when they saw police, officials said. One of the men fired shots at an officer who followed them into the alley, but the officer was not hit. The gunmen ran away, and police called a SWAT team and K-9 unit for help.
During a neighborhood search, a K-9 named Bruno found one of the men hiding in a dumpster, police said. The man then shot 7-year-old Bruno in the mouth, prompting officers to return fire, police said. The gunman died at the scene. Police took one man into custody but were still searching for the third.
Bruno was undergoing emergency surgery at a veterinary hospital Thursday evening. The bullet entered through his face and was lodged in his chest, just one inch away from his heart, police said. "Tonight he probably saved three officers' lives," Anaheim Police Lt. Tim Schmidt said of Bruno.
The gunshot wound forced doctors to remove part of Bruno's lung, but he is expected to survive and was due to complete surgery Thursday night.
His handler, Anaheim Police Officer RJ Young, stayed by Bruno's operating room for his entire near-four-hour surgery, and he said he's relieved to know Bruno will be all right.
The sable German shepherd has spent six years on the force and is the most senior of the Anaheim police dogs. He is expected to remain at the veterinarian for six weeks.