Colorado police dog opens gate with paw to rescue injured partner

ADAMS COUNTY, Colorado (CBS News) — A canine with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office saved a deputy who was fighting with a suspect, CBS Denver reports.

A sheriff’s deputy responded to a trespassing call around 1 a.m. on Saturday. While on the call, a man the deputy was talking to jumped a fence to get away.

The deputy ran after the man — later identified as 25-year-old Gabriel Steven Garcia — and became separated from his K-9 officer, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois named Lex. The two began fighting.

According to the sheriff’s office, Lex managed to unlatch a gate with his paw and come to the rescue of his handler. Garcia was subsequently apprehended and charged with attempted first-degree murder and assault in the attack on the deputy.

Garcia has been advised of his charges and is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 31, authorities said.

Lex has been with the department since February 2015. He is a certified narcotics and police patrol dog with the Colorado Police Canine Association and National Police Canine Association.

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