Anaheim police dog, Bruno will retire
ANAHEIM (CNS) – The police dog shot during a fatal officer-involved shooting will be retired, it was reported today.
Bruno, the SWAT-trained German shepherd was shot during a confrontation between Anaheim Police Department officers and an armed suspect on March 20.
The bullet, which lodged an inch from the dog’s heart, was removed, and his shattered jaw repaired in surgery lasting three hours.
The Orange County Register reported that seven year-old Bruno’s retirement would be effective immediately.
The Register quoted Anaheim Police Department Lt. Tim Schmidt as saying Bruno would take at least a year to recover from the surgery.
The suspect who fired at Bruno was an ex-convict, recently released from prison, the Register reported.
Robert Moreno Jr., 21, was found in the 1100 block of Mayfair Avenue after an hour-long afternoon search. He had been sought for firing at probation officers.
He was discovered by Bruno, hiding next to a trash bin. The Register quoted a witness as saying officers fired at least 15 shots at Moreno, who died at the scene.
Schmidt said the officers were returning fire. The shooting is being investigated by the Orange County District Attorney’s office.
Bruno’s path through retirement will be navigated with his police handler, Officer R.J. Young, according to the Register.