Terrible news out of Florida after a police dog was shot and killed by a suspect, and the K9 is now being credited for saving the lives of officers.
The suspect has been hospitalized following the shooting, which took place near a Florida shopping mall on Christmas Eve, according to authorities.
In a statement released on Christmas, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Therese Barbera said that authorities had been searching for two suspects wanted for attempted first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm. The suspects were located in the afternoon on Christmas Eve at the Wellington Green Mall.
Barbera said undercover deputies secured an area of the mall parking lot and confronted the men when they came outside.
One suspect, 19-year-old Justin Vazquez, surrendered immediately. The other, 28-year-old Giovany Ramos Alvarez, took off running.