Oklahoma City police dog recovering from stab wounds, suspect killed
The suspect, whose name has not been released, stabbed the dog on Sunday night after the car's tires were punctured by spikes placed in the road by police and he drove into a ditch, police said.
Local media reported the dog was a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, but police would not confirm this.
When the driver began running along a service road, the Oklahoma City K9 officer released his police dog to chase the suspect, catching the man who took out a knife and started stabbing the dog, police said.
The officer then fatally shot the man. The police dog was taken to a veterinarian for emergency surgery, Nelson said.
The officer who shot the suspect is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.
The suspect is thought to skipped out on an unpaid bar tab and then stole a car, police said. His name has not been released because of difficulty locating a next of kin, police said.