PENSACOLA, Fla. – Some police officers in Pensacola are giving credit to the newest K-9 member of the force for saving their lives after the dog took a loaded shotgun out of the hands of a burglary suspect.
According to a press release from the police department, Oliver Hurst, 36, broke into his girlfriend's house with a loaded shotgun and threatened her.
When police arrived at the suspect's house, they found Hurst on his front porch. Instead of surrendering, he ran into his house and grabbed the shotgun from his couch, according to police.
While officers chased after him, K-9 Foster, an 18-month-old German shepherd clamped his jaws on the gun and took it away from Hurst.
The Pensacola Police Department posted the bodycam video on its Facebook page.
PPD 6/20/18: K9 Foster
Who's a good boy? Last night, after getting drunk, grabbing a shotgun and breaking into his girlfriend's home, a man fled from your Pensacola Police Officers. Sometimes, bad decisions lead to more bad decisions. He ran into his nearby house, picked up the shotgun and turned toward your officers. K-9 Foster entered the house with Officer Brandon Williams and when he saw this, Foster immediately latched onto the shotgun, wrestled it away from the suspect and carried the shotgun off into another room. True story. Obviously, this could have ended a bunch of different ways. Most of them bad. But thanks to the officers' restraint and a very loyal dog, your officers went home safely and the bad guy went to jail. #pensacolasfinest #goodestboy View the press release: https://www.cityofpensacola.com/civicalerts.aspx?AID=967Posted by Pensacola Police Department on Thursday, June 21, 2018
Officers used a Taser on Hurst and took him into custody. Police officials are crediting the K-9 with saving lives.
"Obviously, this could have ended a bunch of different ways. Most of them bad. But thanks to the officers' restraint and a very loyal dog, your officers went home safely and the bad guy went to jail," the Facebook post reads.
Hurst was charged with armed burglary, aggravated assault, battery, criminal mischief and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
A follow-up post on Facebook shows the reward that officers gave the K-9 -- a steak dinner.