Authorities: Police shoot man after he stabs K-9
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Police shot and wounded a man in California’s San Joaquin Valley on Sunday after he repeatedly stabbed a law enforcement dog, authorities said.
Gabriel Mata, 27, had been wanted for multiple felonies, including domestic violence offenses and weapons charges, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said Monday. He is in critical condition.
Officers from the Fresno Police Department had been involved in an hours-long standoff with Mata on Saturday, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
The law enforcement dog, Cyra, was treated and released from a veterinary hospital, the sheriff’s office said. The 3-year-old Belgian Malinois needed stitches and staples to treat the stab wounds.
Officers on Sunday went to find Mata around 5 p.m. to take him into custody. The sheriff’s office said Mata got into an “altercation” with officers and fled.
Fresno police asked for help from the sheriff’s office, including a K-9 unit. Authorities said Mata stabbed the dog multiple times.
Two Fresno police officers then opened fire, the sheriff’s office said in the release. Mata was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The officers’ names have also not been made public. The sheriff’s office is investigating because the shooting occurred outside Fresno city limits.