LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says a wanted suspect stabbed one of their police service dogs. Now the violent offender has been released on his own recognizance while he awaits trial.
— Las Vegas News (@LasVegas_NV_USA) April 16, 2020
LVMPD K9 Kimura is reunited with his partner Officer Bachman after suffering several stab wounds while taking a suspect into custody Monday night. Kimura is expected to make a full recovery thanks to the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care animal hospital staff. pic.twitter.com/c8utnhp5a0
— LVMPD (@LVMPD) April 15, 2020
It all began after officers pulled over Jeffrey Holland, 57, for an outstanding traffic warrant near on Tuesday night, KXNT reported. Police say Holland got out of his car, brandished a knife and ran to a nearby apartment complex.
After spending some time in one of the units, police say Holland reappeared while still holding the knife.
That’s when Metro turned K9 Kimura loose.
Get well soon, K9 officer Kimura! ❤️ The 3-year-old Las Vegas police K9 was stabbed “several times” during an arrest on Monday night. ➞https://t.co/fNfDnpbzmB
(?: LVMPDK9) pic.twitter.com/Ue2ooJa1bG
— FOX5 Las Vegas (@FOX5Vegas) April 14, 2020
The 3-year-old Dutch Shepherd was stabbed several times in the neck while attempting to take Holland down. Kimura was taken to a veterinary surgery center at Tropicana and Durango for treatment. Fortunately, he is expected to make a full recovery once he completes his rehab.
Holland, meanwhile, faces a multitude of charges that include resisting police with a deadly weapon (not a gun), torture/injure/poison/attempt to kill police animal, and operating a vehicle with expired registration. A judge ruled on Thursday that Holland can go free until his scheduled trial date in June.