Both the deputy and his pup suffered injuries, but are expected to make a full recovery
A Mississippi police dog is being hailed as a hero after he saved a deputy who was ambushed by three men on the side of a remote stretch of highway.
Deputy Todd Frazier noticed a man sitting in a blue Lincoln Town Car parked at a deserted rest stop, so he pulled over to check on the driver, thinking he needed help, ABC News reports.
It was as he was bent over to check on the man that he heard a sound and saw two men rushing at him from the woods. Frazier backed away from the car, but tripped and fell.
“That’s when all three male subjects, including the driver, ambushed him, cut him on the forehead with a sharp object and dragged him into the woods,” Glenn Grannan, chief investigator with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, told CNN.
As he was being dragged to the woods, Frazier activated a device around his neck that released his dog, K-9 Officer Lucas, from the back of his patrol car.
Lucas, a black Belgian Malinois, attacked the suspects, who reportedly ran away after the dog bit one of them. The three men remain at large.
Both Frazier and Lucas suffered injuries, but are expected to make a full recovery.
“Deputy Frazier is a good deputy and takes his job seriously. He is also an excellent dog handler – he trained Lucas himself,” said Sheriff Ricky Adam of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.
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