A suspected naked burglar was fatally shot in South Seattle, after he stabbed and killed a police dog named Jedi and injured an officer on January 5, Seattle police confirmed.
Around 2:45 p.m., the resident of a home in the 2200 block of South Eddy called 911 and reported a man armed with a knife was breaking into their home.
A K9 team arrived on the call, saw the suspect, and began pursuing him as he fled on foot.
The footage shows officers spotting the suspect walking away from the residence barefoot and with a towel wrapped around his waist. Another officer on foot, assisted by Jedi, ran after the suspect, closely followed by the police car.
The footage shows the officer on foot yelling at the suspect to stop, and the suspect then crossing the road, still holding the machete. The video shows the officer then warning the sergeant up ahead that the suspect was armed with a machete.
The officers yell at the man to stop and get on the ground multiple times before a third officer comes in to help as they release Jedi, who was slashed and stabbed by the suspect.
The officers move in and the suspect cuts Jedi’s partner in the face, and Jones then opens fire seven times.
Both, the suspect and Jedi, died at the scene. The other officer injured was taken to a nearby hospital.
You can watch body cam footage in the video below:
The Seattle Police Department held a memorial for Jedi on Monday. The K9 officer had been with the department for five years.
‘Jedi was one of the department’s top-performing K9s,’ the SPD wrote in a tweet.
‘He and his handler/partner were involved in many successful tracks, searches, and apprehensions over five years serving the people of Seattle. This is a loss not only for SPD, but for our community.’