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Sheriff's K-9 Jedi returns to duty weeks after being stabbed in the head

Special name chosen for newest sheriff's K9

Jacob Honsinger, who was diagnosed last August with a rare brain tumor, recently combined his love of animals and “Star Wars” when he was asked to name the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s newest K9.
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Jacob Honsinger, who was diagnosed last August with a rare brain tumor, recently combined his love of animals and “Star Wars” when he was asked to name the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s newest K9.

A Sacramento County sheriff's K-9 who was stabbed while in pursuit of a suspect last month has recovered and returned to duty.

The 3-year-old German shepherd named Jedi, who suffered head wounds and a scratched cornea from the attack, was released from a veterinary clinic May 19 after successful surgery.

Jedi and his handler, Deputy Javier Bustamante, made a recent visit to a retirement facility, near the location of the stabbing in Carmichael. The pair and the retirement home's residents celebrated Jedi's speedy recovery, according to a Saturday afternoon Facebook post.

The K-9 was assailed by Jackie Burke, 41, of West Sacramento on May 19. Burke is a convicted sex offender and was pursued after a tip from a parole officer off about Burke's possible involvement in a domestic violence incident, the Sheriff's Department said in a news release at the time.

Burke was arrested and faced felony charges for harming a police animal and driving recklessly while evading an officer, as well as a charge for parole violation.

Jedi was named in June 2017 by Jacob Honsiger, a teenager fighting a rare type of brain tumor, and a lover of dogs and "Star Wars."

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