San Diego County SD K9 Banjer Was Stabbed On Saturday
San Diego, CA – San Diego County Sheriff’s Department K9 Banjer was stabbed in the eye Saturday in Rancho Santa Fe, California. An apartment resident was also taken hostage and the suspect was shot by SDC SD deputies after a short stand-off.
According to news sources, San Diego County SD deputies responded about 5:30 AM today to a call of a disturbance at an apartment complex on Paseo Delicias. When SDC SD deputies arrived, they discovered a male suspect armed with a knife and making loud noises on the street. The deputies, along with K9 Banjer, approached the suspect, and ordered him to drop the knife. The suspect refused to comply with the deputies’ commands.
According to police sources, the deputies then deployed pepper balls at the suspect, which were unsuccessful in getting the suspect to drop the knife. San Diego County SD Deputies then deployed the K9. The suspect struggled with San Diego County SD K9 Banjer and stabbed the K9 in his left eye. The suspect then fled into the apartment complex, located behind a Wells Fargo Bank in a commercial parking lot on Paseo Delicias. He then broke into an apartment, threatened a resident with the knife, and took the resident hostage.
A short stand-off occurred between the suspect and San Diego County Sheriff’s Department deputies, with the suspect barricaded in the hostage’s apartment. The hostage was able to lock himself in a bathroom while SDC SD deputies surrounded the apartment. The deputies then attempted to negotiate with the suspect and talk him into surrendering but the suspect refused to comply.
According to news sources, the suspect came outside of the apartment and told SDC SD deputies that he had just slit the hostage’s throat. He then raised his knife at the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department deputies, who fired four rounds at the suspect. The wounded suspect was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. His name and condition have not been released at this time. The hostage was not injured. The suspect was believed to be in his 50’s, and it does not appear that he knew the hostage.
The wounded SDC SD K9 was taken to a local animal hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. He is expected to survive. No other deputies were injured. The names of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department deputies that were involved in this incident have not been released. The investigation is ongoing.
Our prayers go out to wounded K9 Banjer. We thank the San Diego County SD deputies and the injured K9 for their service and their commitment to the citizens of San Diego County.
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