K-9 Indi, an officer of the DeKalb County Police Department in Georgia, lost an eye after a gunman opened fire after a traffic stop Thursday.
(DeKalb County Police Department)
A Georgia K-9 who was shot during a traffic-stop confrontation, the death of a police officer has lost an eye, but was released from a veterinary hospital on Saturday and expects a full recovery.
Indi, a K-9 officer with the DeKalb County Police Department, was shot in the head on Thursday, east of Atlanta. The shooter, identified by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation as a 33-year-old Brandon Taylor, ran from the traffic stop and killed Officer Edgar Isidro Flores, a 24-year-old, who had just graduated from the police academy last year, researchers have said.
After he killed Flores, Taylor then ran again for the open fire on the K-9, who had tracked him down, researchers added. Three SWAT agents fired at Taylor, who was later pronounced dead.
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The police wrote on the Instagram post that after Indi was shot, the dog was “the most compassionate and professional care.” The K-9 officer lost his right eye, but otherwise was expected to make a full recovery.
As Indi left the hospital with her handler, Director Norman Larsen, the two were greeted “by a line of police cars and officers and K9 handlers” from neighboring cities and provinces who “came to pay their respect for Indi and his handler, and wish them a speedy recovery.”
Officials said Indi will be evaluated soon to see if the dog back to the police. But, if Indi can no longer work, according to the police of the dog “certainly earned its retirement” and “life from the rest of his life” with Larsen and his family.
The Georgia Police K9 Foundation online stated that the organization planned to honor Indi — described as a “true warrior” — with his “Purple Heart” award, because the dog’s heroic actions.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.