A Stockton police dog is recovering at a Sacramento veterinary hospital after being stabbed by a man who was eventually killed by officers.
Stockton police were called to a residence on Howard Street at about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday where it was reported that a man, who appeared to be drunk or drugged, was in front of the home.
He kicked in the front door and went inside the home, forcing the residents to retreat to a bedroom. When officers arrived, they could see the man trying to force his way into the bedroom, and they ordered him to surrender.
When he did not, they deployed Rocky, a police dog who has been working Stockton’s streets for five years. The suspect, later identified as Patrick Wetter, 25, took out a knife and stabbed the Dutch shepherd canine in a shoulder.
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Wetter then allegedly raised the knife over his head in a threatening manner toward the two officers, according to a police press release. Both opened fire, striking Wetter several times.
With Wetter still holding the knife, a Taser was deployed. He was then handcuffed before officers began first aid.
He was declared dead at the scene. The officers, who were not injured, were placed on three-day paid administrative leave.
Wetter was a documented gang member, police said. He was arrested in July for carrying a concealed knife and resisting arrest.
Rocky was first taken to an emergency veterinary hospital in Stockton before being transferred to Sacramento when it was thought that he might need surgery. But vets at the Sacramento animal hospital determined he just needed wound treatment and to be monitored overnight.
Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.