Anaheim PD’s K-9, Bruno, resting after surgery

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Anaheim Police K-9 Unit member Bruno, recovering after surgery to remove a bullet. (Photo credit: Anaheim PD via Twitter)

Anaheim Police K-9 Unit member Bruno, recovering after surgery to remove a bullet. (Photo credit: Anaheim PD via Twitter)

ANAHEIM (CNS) – The new hero of social media and law enforcement was resting peacefully today after the removal of a bullet that pierced his jaw and lodged in his chest.

Bruno, a seven year-old German shepherd and member of the Anaheim Police Department’s K-9 unit, was shot by a suspect during an armed confrontation with police Thursday afternoon and successfully underwent surgery Thursday night.

The suspect — who has not been identified — was killed in the exchange of gunfire at about 3 p.m.

The incident followed an attempt by two Orange County probation officers to check on a probationer on the 1100 block of North Mayfair Avenue at 2 p.m.

Anaheim Police Department Lt. Tim Schmidt told the Orange County Register the officers recognized the probationer among a group of three men, two of whom who took off running when they were approached.

Schmidt said the suspect then fired upon one and then both probation officers on three occasions. The officers then called Anaheim police for backup.

After an hour-long aerial and ground search involving helicopters and SWAT officers, the suspect was found by Bruno, hiding near a trash bin in a courtyard behind an apartment complex, Schmidt said.

The suspect shot at the officers, Schmidt said. One of the rounds hit Bruno, a six-year member of the K-9 unit specifically trained for SWAT duty, according to the Register.

An officer or officers returned fire, killing the suspect, Schmidt said.

“Without that dog, we would have had three officers shot today,” Schmidt said.

The bullet that Bruno took in the line of duty unleashed a torrent of herograms on Twitter from across the law enforcement spectrum.

Among the well-wishers were Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck, deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit, the Long Beach Fire Department and the Mountain View Police Department.

The explanation for this outpouring of puppy love was provided by a tweet from LAPD HQ: “Pups are partners, but also family.”

NBC4 reported that Bruno will remain in veterinary care for at least six weeks.

The Anaheim Police Department said donations towards the cost of Bruno’s medical care can be made through the Facebook page of the Friends of the Anaheim Police K9 Association.

The association’s Cheryl Timmons told NBC4 this morning that Bruno’s jaw was broken in three places from the impact of the bullet.

“We’re amazed at how much love and care is out there for him,” Timmons said.

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