BATON ROUGE, La. — A Louisiana police K9 shot in the line of duty last week is well on his way to a full recovery, according to reports.
K9 Mack was shot during an incident Jan. 5 involving the detention of four suspects traveling in a stolen truck in north Baton Rouge, Law Officer reported.
According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, the crime unfolded shortly before midnight when a handler and K9 Mack stopped a suspected stolen white Dodge Ram pick-up truck.
As the two waited for assisting officers to arrive, police said the four occupants in the suspect vehicle attempted to flee on foot.
As a result, a foot chase ensued, during which Mack reportedly apprehended one of the suspects. Consequently, the suspect retaliated by firing a weapon, shooting and wounding the police service dog.
The Baton Rouge Police Department shared a brief update Tuesday on the condition of Mack, a 2-year-old K9 with the department, WBRZ reported.
We are happy to see K9 Mack in good spirits ? #OneTeamhttps://t.co/KNLxIgSQZ8 via @FacebookWatch pic.twitter.com/ujsXTUyJpi
— Baton Rouge Police (@BRPD) January 12, 2021
After the shooting, K9 Mack was taken to the LSU Veterinary Clinic for treatment and has been on the mend for more than a week.
A suspect responsible for shooting Mack was taken into custody, Law Officer reported.