A man was shot dead by officers after he stabbed a police dog to death and wounded a cop.
The incident was sparked when a member of the public in Seattle, Washington, called 911 when they saw a knife-wielding man trying to break into their home at around 3pm on Wednesday.
Officers responded with a K9 unit and a police dog “engaged with the suspect,” who then fatally stabbed the dog, and injured a human officer during a struggle, reports suggested.
ABC reported that the officer was stabbed in the face and was treated on-site, and that the suspect died at the scene.
A second human officer then shot the man dead, police said in a statement.
The man’s name was not released Wednesday night and the incident was under investigation, the New York Post reported.
Police also aid they would release video footage of the deadly encounter within 72 hours, as per department policy.
The residents of the home were not physically injured, Assistant Chief Tom Mahaffey said.
The shooting will be investigated by the Force Investigation Team, the Seattle Police Department said.
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Representatives of the Office of Police Accountability and the Office of Inspector General also responded to the scene Wednesday afternoon.
The news follows that of a San Diego police dog that was stabbed 27 times after hunting down a suspect in December.
Aros, a seven-year-old Belgian Malinois, was stabbed repeatedly in the head by a landlord that had been accused of attacking a tenant with a baseball bat, The Daily Beast reported.
Officer Chad Moore, his handler, said: “He did his job. He held onto the guy while being stabbed 27 times until the officers were able to get to him safely."
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