Officer injured, police dog killed during burglary call
Police arrested Douglas Wayne Kirk, 56, and transported him to Alameda Hospital, where police said he was treated and released for minor lacerations he incurred during his arrest.
Police said they responded at 6:12 a.m. today to a report of a burglary in progress at the Coast Guard Recruiting Center at 660 Central Avenue when a police canine deployed during the initial investigation bit an officer. When the dog did not release the officer as commanded by his handler, the officer he bit shot and killed him.
The officer, a two year veteran of the department, was taken to Highland Hospital for treatment. The dog, Billy, a Belgian Malinois, had been in service for more than three years and had been certified to his handler in September.
Immediately after Billy was shot, the suspect, Kirk, came out of the building, police said. He was taken into custody after a brief struggle, they said.
Police said the department is conducting a criminal investigation in the alleged burglary and an administrative investigation into the canine deployment and subsequent shooting.