A Sacramento County Sheriff's K-9 dog is recovering after being stabbed multiple times Saturday during a pursuit with a suspect in Carmichael, according to the Sheriff's Department.
Jedi, a 3-year-old German Shepherd, successfully underwent surgery Saturday afternoon and is expected to recover from the attack.
The assailant was identified as Jackie Burke, 41, of West Sacramento. The Sheriff's Department said in a press release that it pursued Burke because of a tip from a state parole officer about a domestic violence incident.
He is facing two felony charges for harming a police animal and driving recklessly while evading an officer.
The department said that it tracked Burke, a convicted sex offender, to the 4500 block of Hackberry Lane in Carmichael using a GPS ankle monitor that he wears. He then led officers on a slow-speed pursuit to a parking lot on the 8300 block of Fair Oaks Blvd.
When Burke stopped and exited his vehicle, the department said, he was concealing one of his hands, leading officers to believe he had a weapon.
Officers then fired a beanbag round at Burke before sending Jedi to bring him down, the department said. As the dog approached, Burke stabbed Jedi multiple times in the head.
The department said Burke sustained injuries from a dog bite and was treated at a local hospital, then transported to Sacramento County Jail. He is being held without bail for violating his parole.